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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2021, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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I found a way up Saint Marks from the highway. Start S side of Newman creek (lots of parking on N side of creek) and head south at the top of the road to a poorly defined trail going S and up past the power lines. Once above the cut, head up and left to find my poorly flagged route up to intersect the mountain abyss traverse trail. Continue up (some flagging) keeping the rock fall to the right, then follow the fall line up to a pleasant lookout and narrow wooded connector to the next steeper feature.

This is where I came to snow. At this point, I traversed up to the right, crossing a steep gully and found the opening shown on the GE attached. That pitch had rotten snow that exposed deep holes to the rocks below; not much snow this year at this elevation. A few minutes later I came out on the exposed ridge that narrowed down to less than 6 ft across for quite a while. I was there with a snowstorm coming through, so there was no view, but in the mist could see huge drop offs on both sides.

As the spine melded in to the slope, head up and left to come to a ridge, then straight up. The route steep sections were mostly 30-40 deg, the last exit maybe 50 deg. I had full crampons and ice axe, footing was good. Some high exposure from a slide. I have no idea if the top exit will go in the summer without the snow. Only 4 hours up, but I was too tired to go back the same way, so I went back to Cypress Bowl and got a ride instead.
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Impressive... the elevation gain must have been significant. Any pics?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2021, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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DWW: it is about 1200-1300 m elevation gain, so about 1000 ft/hr. I have no pics, I was in trees until I broke out on the ridge in a snow squall with 20m visibility. Today would have been a perfect picture day.
Zeljkok: just a weekend Simon Fraser wannabe. But I do love exploring around here.
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Geez, makes me wanna flag a trail I've got in mind for this summer.
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Very cool, will have to check that route out this summer!
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Very impressive, Old Matt. Sounds like quite a challenge.

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Oh man, that's a he11 of a gruelling climb. Wow! good on you. I always enjoy that 1/2 day hike to/from St Marks via the cypress lot but I can't imagine having the moxy to do what you did. Here is a pic of St Marks and the other peaks, from our upstairs window, taken this past winter. You can see your route, straight up. Geez, that looks tough
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XJ6: thats a great pic. I like the different perspective, as I am usually looking from much closer in. The route isn't as tough as it seems, due to the path I have followed up through the first 500m of heavy bush. I find Deeks/Windsor to be longer and have more elevation gain. I will go back soon and get some pictures.
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