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post #703 of (permalink) Old 07-17-2017, 02:37 PM
Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada.
Posts: 261

Lots of Downton reports lately it seems so just a quick one. I drove up BR2 road. The washout at ~3k from the highway is still passable but deteriorating from last fall. The avalanche blocking the road at 5k is clear (but still some snow lingering to the side). A new major washout has happened right before the road fork for BR2. It's right down the middle and avoided by driving into the grass on the side. Wouldn't want to be above that during a big rain event - might not survive too many storms. A final washout/slump is growing a bit above the turnoff and was right at the limit for my vehicle (Ford Escape).

I parked at the Holly Lakes TH, ran up to the end of the road and then bushwhacked following some faint flagging and cairns (a day of work on this to trim back a path would make it a really good access route to the lakes above. They are amazing!) to the alpine lakes in the Cirque above. Took nice slabs to the summit of Tenor and intended to traverse the ridge to Found but it was a bit harder than I was wanting to do ropeless with fresh snow. Headed back down to the basin and then up to the Found-Mezzo Col and traversed the ridge crest over Contralto, Schroeder, Linus, and to Peak 8700 (Statimcets?). Fast scree skiing down to the meadows and then hit the Holly Lake Trail back to the car.

GPS Track

If you lost some sunglasses on the trail, I picked them up.
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