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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-01-2021, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Got the full Cariboo Crew together for this trip. Not alot of info on this peak just that I think Grant Meyers did it cause it's on a prominence list he was chasing and they were 3 Americans and it didn't have a name so American Mountain kinda stuck. This is the peak that has the microwave towers ontop of it and can be seen from Hwy 1 near Hope and had an old tram that workers could take up to fix the towers I think.

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We too the American Creek FSR and it looked like they were plowing it thru the winter cause we were able to drive all the way to our spur road. Condition of road is a Honda CRV made it. We strapped on our snowshoes from the start and started up our spur road. In true Cariboo Crew fashion I think we started hiking after 10am , this was during our record breaking heatwave for April and the snow was isothermal no matter what time of day you started.
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The forecast was for sunshine so I brought some lais for all of us to wear to celebrate some sun finally. We walked through a cutblock, crossed a creek early on and then started up. The next creek wasn't very sharp and deep snow walls, we had to walk beside it for awhile until we finally found a snowbridge to cross it. After this we just kept going up and aiming for the peak.

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We ended up finding some nice mature forest and then it popped us out right at this steep snow ramp. What a blessing this was cause it was the only weakness in this long cliff we hard been walking beside. After the snow ramp it was just a general gully that took us to the upper summit ridge.

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When we got on the summit ridge the towers came into view as well as the valley views.
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We wandered around, checked out the building and old tram tower, had lunch on the balcony, fireball snow shooters and eventually decided it was time to head down.
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Down was fast and full of wet sloppy butt slides.
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We hung out on the FSR for abit playing with axes and chainsaws cause me and Jenn were gonna spend the night 1 valley over and go for Zofka the next day.
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With the tram and the microwave radio transmitters, isn't this just main summit of Dog Mountain? Not an unnamed peak if that's the case. Hard to tell from the cropped GPS map image.


I've wanted to do Zofka for years, looks interesting with all the unusual structures back there.

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With the tram and the microwave radio transmitters, isn't this just main summit of Dog Mountain? Not an unnamed peak if that's the case. Hard to tell from the cropped GPS map image.


I've wanted to do Zofka for years, looks interesting with all the unusual structures back there.



Well Dog mountain has been officially named already and its location is to the East of this one. That would have left this one unnamed and higher than the officially named one. Grant Myers, Simon C , Myself and then Steve Song went and did it after us all logged it as American. Not sure if that makes it right but to me, either change the officially named peak of Dog Mountain to this one, or roll with the name American Mountain for this one?
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Well Dog mountain has been officially named already and its location is to the East of this one. That would have left this one unnamed and higher than the officially named one. Grant Myers, Simon C , Myself and then Steve Song went and did it after us all logged it as American. Not sure if that makes it right but to me, either change the officially named peak of Dog Mountain to this one, or roll with the name American Mountain for this one?
My father has taken the tram up to that tower and he calls it Dog Mountain. The locals in Hope call it Dog Mountain. There are multiple posts in ClubTread where people refer to it as Dog Mountain, including those within the climbing community: https://forums.clubtread.com/8-briti...tain-hope.html

The amateur radio community calls it Dog Mountain: http://www.tparc.org/dogmtn.php

Here's a book from the 50's that calls it Dog Mountain: https://www.abebooks.com/first-editi...30890352089/bd

BC Geographical Name GIS coordinates are known to have mistakes now and then.

If you head up Zofka take some good pictures of the crazy structures in the mountains back there. It's amazing all the things deployed on mountains just outside of the line of sight from the highways. I noticed some very large solar panel installations back there - not the kind I normally see in the local mountains. Not only that, but Zofka Ridge is curiously bare and never knew why - perhaps a burn, but it's been 20 years now and it still looks like some kind of meadow up there.
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My father has taken the tram up to that tower and he calls it Dog Mountain. The locals in Hope call it Dog Mountain. There are multiple posts in ClubTread where people refer to it as Dog Mountain, including those within the climbing community: https://forums.clubtread.com/8-briti...tain-hope.html

The amateur radio community calls it Dog Mountain: http://www.tparc.org/dogmtn.php

Here's a book from the 50's that calls it Dog Mountain: https://www.abebooks.com/first-editi...30890352089/bd

BC Geographical Name GIS coordinates are known to have mistakes now and then.

If you head up Zofka take some good pictures of the crazy structures in the mountains back there. It's amazing all the things deployed on mountains just outside of the line of sight from the highways. I noticed some very large solar panel installations back there - not the kind I normally see in the local mountains. Not only that, but Zofka Ridge is curiously bare and never knew why - perhaps a burn, but it's been 20 years now and it still looks like some kind of meadow up there.

The link you sent about the book was just trying to sell a phone book for 500 dollars,

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I don't think people's hobbies that include microwave towers are concerned about names.



The people in Hope might call it Dog, but the people on All Trails have Dog Mountain listed as the East one.



and lastly the Clubtread link you posted was mainly rambling on about the tram. The only person to talk about the name in that post was GM ( Grant Meyers ) who gave it the name of American Mountain. And then Alistair which said the lower peak was Dog mountain. If the geographical name is mislabelled on the government website, maybe someone should submit something to have to changed to the proper one then.
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This was an interesting report when it popped up on the FB page, we had hiked up Garnet Creek from the Reserve, then took roads and the West ridge to the towers. Your group must have seen our tracks coming in from the opposite direction.
The 1:50,000 government maps have always shown Dog Mountain as per the image you added. We called this peak with the towers American Mountain, based on what Simon had told me. Though the name is not official.
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Awesome, looks like a fine day in the mountains!
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This was an interesting report when it popped up on the FB page, we had hiked up Garnet Creek from the Reserve, then took roads and the West ridge to the towers. Your group must have seen our tracks coming in from the opposite direction.
The 1:50,000 government maps have always shown Dog Mountain as per the image you added. We called this peak with the towers American Mountain, based on what Simon had told me. Though the name is not official.



We did see some tracks scattered around at the top and noticed they didn't come from our direction. Those would have definitely have been yours. I didn't do much research as to other ways to get up, I just saw our road system on the East side and there was a few reports on that side as well so we went for it. It's always nice for people to know that the West side works as well now too then! Good stuff.
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worth signing in just to read this TR. Excellent! The hawaiian garb was a nice touch, added a splash of outsized colour to the whole adventure.

Some knockout views from up there
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