So this is a p1000m peak just to the NW of Jimmy Jimmy but a long way in off of the Ashlu main, and then onto the highly overgrown Faulk Road. On the SWBC Peakbaggers facebook page there has been a select few people helping get the Ashlu FSR back into shape. Maria Masiar, Jeff Haan, and mainly David Reid who fell a log over Pykett Creek and has put a ton of hours into fixing alot of these kms up. People are able to do Ashlu now with abit of ease, and this helped for my Chimai ascent. Not to mention to whomever moved one the concrete blocks at the very start of the road so that trucks can get around and actually get on the Ashlu main. Phil was my partner for this big trip, we planned to do it in a day, but I was kinda dumb and did Yak-Nak-Thar traverse 2 days prior, then Shovelnose the day before and realized halfway into this trip I'm not that young anymore. (More on that later) .
I managed to drive my toyota to a fairly descent washout and the sign that says seasonal deactivation closure. Matt Juhasz managed to drive a huge dodge ram through this thing so it is possible, but not for us. So off we go on our bikes rolling along until we arrive at the Pykett Creek crossing. We have to carry our bikes up a ladder, and then carry them over the raging creek. This was the creek that stopped alot of trips from happening cause there was no safe way across especially during the spring runoff. Steve Song and Holly did Chimai as a 3 day trip a month and abit prior and Sean C. was with them did it as a 2 day trip. We are all working on the top 51 Prominent SWBC Peaks list. After the log crossing we rode all the way to our turn off from the Ashlu Main.
So with the concrete block hurdle done, the shallow water but very rocky creek crossing in the truck done, and the Pykett Creek crossed safely all that was left was to walk over the sketchy Ashlu Creek which is basically a river right now. All that is left of this bridge is just 2 support beams with the banks washing away. 1 month prior it was probably shallow enough to wade across but not now. We crossed that and started up the Faulk FSR. This is where the trip turned into a sufferfest, I'm accustom to alder but this road were terrible. It was completely destroyed and the alder was big and thick and growing every which way so you couldn't walk smoothly. You had to fight for every step, it was no nice young easy alder, there was no uniformed alder tunnel to cruise through. It was nasty! and I only took 1 photo on the road and it was when it was semi open.
After fighting the road for an eternity we finally found where we were supposed to leave it and of course it's a find the weakness in the cliff kinda deal. We slipped on the terrain, we fought the bushy and needles and bashed our way up the cliff. Once above the cliff we were now in the open forest thank god, it was stupid steep though so nothing was easy. At some point we finally hit snowline, we definitely should have done this trip 1 month earlier to make Faulk Road easier with cover and the forest with cover but at least we had some snow cover in the forest.
Up Up Up we go in the forest which is straight forward at least and are now in the alpine, The forest ascent and road ascent and bike trip had already taken alot out of me and I was noticing the prior 2 days of mountains. Not a good sign, so I told Phil let's take a break in the last of our shade, put some sunscreen on and get some food in us. After this we started our way up the East ridge, the snow was hard in the forest and descent in the lower alpine but once we hit a certain elevation it went to shit. My pace came to a crawl, I had to change from pants to shorts cause I was overheating so Phil went on doing the dirty work breaking a trail.
We arrived at another ridge where we got our first look at Chimai, I was still feeling shitty, so Phil lead the traverse across making bucket steps in deep sloppy snow. Didn't think we would have needed snowshoes since nobody had been using snowshoes on any trips for the last few weeks. After the traverse the peak looks close but it's not, and it's micro-terrain of ups and downs across a big snowfield. This portion both our paces crashed since Phil had been doing most of the post holing. I took over briefly but was pretty useless.
The sufferest was finally over and we arrived at the summit block, Phil is still fairly new so was uncertain of the route up cause it was steep all around. He did basically all the work this trip so I dug deep and postholed my way up the steep steep snow to gain the ridge and eventually top out. Phil soon followed and we were both ontop of Chimai. I wished I could have enjoyed the summit more but I was too wrecked, I basically sat down and tried to eat food and drink water. I managed to take some photos but I just wanted to relax and sit down and not look around.
Going down would be abit faster and normally I would fly down this type of terrain in snow but it was still alot of work postholing in the snow so the pace really wasn't that great. Phil was super strong this day thankfully so he was well ahead of me, and I just listened to my body and went at whatever pace would work without over-exerting myself too much. Steady eady do what you gotta do to tick off km after km. Back along the lower ridge we dropped off the ridge into the forest, the crampons stayed on in the forest , even once we past the snowline, the terrain was so steep and shrubby that dirt crampons were needed to safely get down the forest lol! I think I took maybe 1 photo for the next few hours cause all it was was us fighting alder, yelling for bears cause one earlier was in the forest above the road hurling boulders down onto us, and then biking back to the truck.
I was too tired for some beers like I usually have afterwards so a Bubly was the victory drink. This one is off the list, it was one I will remember for alot of reasons and not many are good haha, but oh well it's done now and something fun to look back on from the comfort of my couch.