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post #16 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2020, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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My daughter was mildly hypothermic, after getting soaked due to the rain and wet brush

Unbeknownst to me, my daughter was 3 months pregnant at the time of this hike Had I known I wouldn't have pushed so hard.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like I will get a chance to complete it this year, due to pandemic restrictions.

Hopefully things change and I get a late summer attempt.


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Thanks for updating, hope things work out you will get your chance later on this year.


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Success - at last !!


2020 was a write off for an attempt due to Covid and travel restrictions, so had to plan for this year.


Spent two weeks in Kananaskis, hiking almost every day to build up endurance.


Last Saturday (July 17th) my son-in-law and I set off in the late morning. With a steady pace until the falls we made good time, then were slowed by the climbing and scrambling that we had to do. Thankfully the son-in-law acted as a goat and at times a route finder. Almost four hours after heading out, we made it to the cairn. It was an emotional time for me, as I had been involved in the initial searches for Orvall Pall and Ken Wolff's plane.


We really lucked out, as there was little or no smoke at any of the lakes, or in the valley. Visibility was unlimited, and the scenery was spectacular. Winds were quite strong, and as it was getting later in the afternoon, we only spent a short time at the cairn. The next day, the whole valley was choked with smoke, so there would have been very limited visbility.


I am thankful that I was finally able to complete this hike. I thank my son-in-law for taking up the challenge, and helping me get there. Now that I know the route and challenges involved, perhaps I will try again in the future.


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I am glad you finally made it & right on time in respect to smoke/haze. This was like multi-year epic with happy ending
Keep going strong!
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I am glad you finally made it & right on time in respect to smoke/haze. This was like multi-year epic with happy ending
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Thank you !!

Happy but emotional ending - never thought I would make it there - and it provided some closure from events 35 years ago.

Now to convince the son-in-law to do the Ribbon Lake circuit - in to the falls and up the chains and out through Guinn's Pass and the Galatea trail - that might be a bigger challenge than Memorial Lakes

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Now to convince the son-in-law to do the Ribbon Lake circuit - in to the falls and up the chains and out through Guinn's Pass and the Galatea trail

I would advise against going up these chains. It is very tricky, even dangerous. Nearly vertical with rock bulging in the middle. That short scramble bit to 3rd Memorial Lake is cakewalk with blindfolds in comparison
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Ribbon Lake is pretty though, but better to visit either via Guinn Pass or from Spray road via Buller Pass
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Great advice - thank you !!

Hopefully we can give it a go next year.

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Great advice - thank you !!

Hopefully we can give it a go next year.

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If you can wrestle your son-in-law for 2 cars, I'd recommend 1-way traverse Spray Road - South Buller Pass - Ribbon Lake - Guinn Pass - Galatea Creek - Highway 40. Views from South Buller Pass, in right conditions, will knock you off:



Ribbon Lake has very nice campground where you can overnight. Then tomorrow up these slopes to the right to Guinn Pass (have to wait till late July/early Aug for snow to melt). Can also make quick side trip to Lilian Lake once you hit Galatea Creek if you wish.
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