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Default Mt Seymour to Third Pump (Crampons vs Snowshoes)

Thinking of hitting the 3rd pump this Saturday. I'm thinking it'll probably be really crusty. I figure crampons would probably be better than snowshoes given the current forecast. Anyone been up there recently?
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I would suggest bring both in case, as conditions could change. Was up there two weeks ago.

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No crusties as of yesterday. Snow was soft and wet all the way to 2nd pump. Definitely postholing when off the beaten track. Bring both, you'll use the snow shoes for sure and crampons are not heavy.
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Was kinda hoping for crusties -- way faster -- plus crampons is all I got now. Sold my snowshoes when I left Van. Would I posthole it with just crampons to the 2nd pump if I stuck to the beaten path? I don't mind postholing it from the 2nd to the 3rd if that would be all/most of the postholing involved.
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With a general lack of fresh snow over the last week or so, I suspect there's a pretty well consolidated trail up to at least 1st pump if not all the way to Seymour. Crampons would be the safe way to go - I'd probably bring them and leave my snowshoes if I was going up.

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Thinking of hitting the 3rd pump
No such place. Would make an interesting journey, like visiting the Soviet Union, Ottoman Empire, Huy Brasil and Mu.
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Thinking of hitting the 3rd pump
No such place. Would make an interesting journey, like visiting the Soviet Union, Ottoman Empire, Huy Brasil and Mu.
one of these days someone is going to carry and mount a large water pump on 3rd peak, so we can call it 3rd pump.
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No such place. Would make an interesting journey, like visiting the Soviet Union, Ottoman Empire, Huy Brasil and Mu.
one of these days someone is going to carry and mount a large water pump on 3rd peak, so we can call it 3rd pump.
Third peak is Pump Peak. Calling Pump Peak 'First Peak' is a historical revisionism, and should be suppressed. So the pump was already there and gone

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Whose pumping it...

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Pump Peak is the first peak of Seymour. There are no other pumps. Here's what I wrote about the origin of the name a year or two ago:

But Pump Peak, probably the most-climbed summit in the Coast Mountains and possibly in B.C., received its name in 1908 on the first BC<C trip to Mt. Seymour. According to Frank Smith, they
noticed that “a stormriven stump near the top looked like a pump, with the handle and spout complete. The stump has long since vanished but the name remains to mystify later arrivals….”
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Pump Peak is the first peak of Seymour.
I'm interested to know how Pump Peak became known as the 'first peak' of Seymour.

For example, the transcript here:

http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseu...chapmandn.html

quotes Charles Chapman's memoirs, "When speaking of the climb later the third peak was generally referred to as Pump Peak."

Here, they weren't referring to the Seymour summit as the third peak, but Pump Peak.

For them, Pump Peak was the third peak, since it's the third peak they climbed on the trip.

I'm thinking that quote is what lead to the confusion later where people assumed all the peaks were referred to as 'Pump'.
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