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post #301 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2015, 11:28 PM
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Pump Peak -- Tim Jones Peaks -- Seymour 2 July

No surprise: all tarns vanished. No water above Mystery Lake.

Some nasty huge biting horse flies, but otherwise bugs were good.
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post #302 of (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 01:20 PM
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Bedrock showing through the glacier in the lower lefthand corner of the photo. I can't recall ever seeing this before. Has anyone else seen it in this shape? ecarter1's condition report from Wedge shows interesting conditions on the glacier there too.



From my weekend attempt on the Matier W Buttress. A couple photos showing low snow conditions in the Joffre area. The Anniversary glacier is already showing a lot of crevasses, with bedrock showing on the bottom portion. The heat, dry conditions, and smoke from pemberton made for an interesting experience. Low water flow at the water basin by the hut, I imagine this might dry up soon. Lots of water coming off the glaciers, and the snow is melting fast.

Edit: This is same shot as the first photo, from the same location, 2 years ago almost to the day.


Edit2: to fix the broken photo links
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Mt. Brunswick on Sat July 11th. A bit of rain - especially in the middle part. Fogged out up up. No smell of smoke in the air. Lots of alder and prickly berry bushes are encroaching the trail. I did a bunch of whacking with my poles but wished I had brought a machete and/or clippers. It could definitely use a good once-over. There is one mud-slide area that did not look particularly stable and may need a work-around in the next year or two. First time up this trail and I really enjoyed it.
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post #304 of (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 11:38 PM
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Blueberries at Hollyburn will hit prime in another week or two, helped greatly by the nice drink they had. Nice berries this year, little sparse but plump and sweet. Rained enough to soak in quite well, but little or no runoff. No creek action at all.
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post #305 of (permalink) Old 07-18-2015, 05:24 PM
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Default Sky Pilot and Garibaldi - July 18

The Sky Pilot glacier is almost entirely bare ice. The standard direct route up to the col on the W ridge is melted out with a big moat and not recommended. Best option is to go on the rocks on the climbers right side of the glacier to get on the scree. If wearing crampons, I would go along the left side of the rocks on the ice aiming for the same place.

Also, a pic from earlier this week by a friend on a sightseeing flight past Garibaldi.
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The Sky Pilot glacier is almost entirely bare ice. The standard direct route up to the col on the W ridge is melted out with a big moat and not recommended.
wow Eric. Compare to this pic taken July 26 last year
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post #307 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2015, 02:39 PM
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Post Singing Pass/Russet Lake trail July 18, 2015

Singing Pass/Russet Lake trail July 18, 2015
[posted in BC Mainland Trip Reports]

Had a nice 2 night/3 day trip to Russet Lake, going via Whistler Peak Chair/Matthew's Traverse/Burnt Stew/Half Note/High Note then on to Russet Lake. Return via Singing Pass Trail.

This report primarily concerns the Singing Pass trail, as the BC Parks website had warnings about it, and many hikers along the way (including us) had questions as to its status.

Landslip on old access road: Fixed rope still in place (thankfully! would be difficult going down without), so not too bad. Would be good to have a longer rope with more knots. Slip seems to get a little worse each year.

Trail between old parking lot and Harmony creek: lots of easily negotiated washouts -- a bit of a PITA going down with a heavy pack.

Harmony Creek washout: crossing a little tricky but fairly easy due to little water and to more discernible path through debris. Heavy backpack just makes it more "fun". Definitely better than last year.

Trail above Harmony Creek: excellent!

Russet Lake: Trail excellent. Estimated 22 tents around hut on Saturday night, including a group of 14 persons from a commercial group from the USA (REI Adventures). Toilet paper present in the outhouse, but dwindling fast . Lots of marmots... and two bears (who thankfully stayed well away from camp).

COMMENT:
  • Be nice if BC Parks would maintain trail and facilities (there was no evidence of this since at least last year), especially given the $10/night/person charge.
  • There was clear evidence of multiple bikes on the trail (even above Harmony creek washout!) Again, be nice if BC Parks were present. Even better if bikers would stay off trails where they are prohibited.
QUESTION:
Should commercial operators be using the very limited camping space around the hut on a very busy Summer weekend?

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I was in one of the groups you passed on your way down on Saturday :-) Yes it was busy up there and a good few tents ended up on the meadows (we bagged one of the last walled sites). One group camped up on the southern end of Cowboy Ridge (still in sight of the trail). No animal sightings (except for a marmot family overlooking Singing Pass) but lots of bird song. Bugs were bad enough to be annoying. TP ran out Saturday evening. One of the support cables for the outhouse is broken. At least I didn't have to chase any marmots out this time...

Musical Bumps addendum: flowers are pretty much done for the season except for a few local patches. The creek just to the west of Symphony Lake is still running well for a water top-up. Meeting the hordes at the Roundhouse = culture shock. Thankfully the gelato was soothing.
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Default Bridges out in LSCR on Boulder Creek Trail

Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, N.Van.
Boulder Creek Trail (may have other names, it's the trail nearest the south side of the creek and its south tributary, could be Cambodia).
Bridges have apparently been vandalized recently. These are ones put in by mtn. bikers. No idea who is responsible, LSCR staff or others.

The main one that is now mostly reduced to scrap wood is at the junction of the south tributary where it falls down to join Boulder Creek itself. At elev. 440m. This bridge was elegant in it's simplicity, in how it crossed the tributary from one side to the other. Ideally the parts of the bridge should be restored if possible. Or a new bridge put there. If the several parts lying in the creek bed are not removed before the fall rains start, they will be washed away or more likely cause a bigger logjam than is already above the falls.
See photos 1 (before) and 2 (after).

The other bridge that is broken is the one a few minutes hike uphill from the bridge at 440m. This one was over a smaller creek. The crew that did this actually moved a large section of the bridge into the forest. That would have taken some effort. Another part remains at the creek.
See photos 3 (before) and 4 & 5 (after).

There is also damage to a smaller bridge connected to a bike structure a few more minutes uphill.
See photo 6.
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Mount Seymour area has been mostly bug free the past week. Mystery Lake is a very pleasant temperature, blueberries and huckleberries are out with some bushes changing colour on peak tops (and some have withered due to lack of water on some of the peaklets).
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Very dry up in the Cerise Cr area. The couloirs on Joffre are most definitely not in. Anniversary Glacier is shedding a lot of snow already. Besides all the doom and gloom of melting glaciers, a very pleasant day out.
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Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, N.Van.
Boulder Creek Trail (may have other names, it's the trail nearest the south side of the creek and its south tributary, could be Cambodia).
Bridges have apparently been vandalized recently. These are ones put in by mtn. bikers. No idea who is responsible, LSCR staff or others.
I visited this area yesterday.
All creeks were flowing, muddy sections, almost winter conditions...
Those bridges you mention and show are not on Cambodia (which also has its share of destruction/decomission, but had very few and short bridges), but on a trail west to it, along Boulder creek.
I came across this trail 3 years ago, visited it many times since and rarely saw mtb tracks there, so the possible connection to the recent injury on Cambodia isn't clear to me.
As someone who loves this serene area, what has been done to the bridges is pure vandalism regardless of bylaws and liability.
Interesting to note that the wood destruction pattern (ladder bridges cleanly cut in half, thrown aside or carried a bit further down) is almost identical to what has been done on Lola last year.
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Very dry up in the Cerise Cr area. The couloirs on Joffre are most definitely not in. Anniversary Glacier is shedding a lot of snow already. Besides all the doom and gloom of melting glaciers, a very pleasant day out.


god damn that is a depressing site. Looks like mordor
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Looks like mordor
This is mordor:


I don't see the similarities.... However, you may find hobbits near Mt Gandalf....
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I did Mt. Elsay via the NW ridge yesterday. A fun adventure in route-finding up that short ridge, as you can see by my track. The first picture is what greets you at the start of the ridge...not a straight-forward 'follow the spine' ridge. You want to go right around that bluff and then make a left up a bushy ramp. From there it's a bunch of twists and turns through bush to weave your way up. Some veggie scrambling to be done. No trail or flagging once you leave the Rector, Curate, Vicar trail. I descended the same way, with some minor variations.
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