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The Winds of Change Come to Downton Creek

 

 Mountain trips in September are compelling, when you time them correctly. As summer struggles to fend off the inevitable arrival of autumn, the stage is set for a unique experience, if you can get the weather to cooperate. High in the heart of the Lillooet Ranges, nearly a decade ago, that was certainly the case when we visited Downton Creek. Continue reading The Winds of Change Come to Downton Creek

That Mountain Really Named Cypress

If you live in British Columbia, you probably have heard of Cypress Mountain, right? After all, several events of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were hosted there. Well ironically, that Cypress Mountain exists in name only. Continue reading That Mountain Really Named Cypress

Capilano Mountain, Thanks for the Memories!

Friday, the 12th of July, 2019. It was a warm afternoon as I pushed my bike onto the ferry at Departure Bay. My destination? Horseshoe Bay, where I’d catch a ride with Steve. The morning after, we’d be meeting up with Doug for a biking and hiking expedition to Capilano Mountain Continue reading Capilano Mountain, Thanks for the Memories!

Fissile Peak: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back


“Whose idea was this anyway?” It was September of 2008, and the question was Ted’s, as we traipsed up the old road to Singing Pass. The answer from Denis came quickly: “I believe this was your idea. You getting old or something?” I don’t remember the rest of the conversation, but I know it included some pretty good back and forth!

It was a lengthy approach, but I was still more than curious about our destination. Fissile Peak, part of the Overlord Group, boasted volcanic rock and fine views of the Overlord Glacier, with close proximity to Russet Lake. Even today, this part of Garibaldi Provincial Park is still relatively quiet. Once the snows recede and the skiers pack it in for the season, you’re unlikely to meet many other hikers on most days. The previous year, Ted had climbed Whirlwind Peak and Overlord Mountain, so he was keen to complete the trifecta by ascending Fissile.

Soon enough,  but not nearly soon enough, we were passing the old mine adit at trailside and Cowboy Ridge was within our sights. Just like that, we were out of the trees and following easy switchbacks to the broad plain above. Some of Garibaldi’s grander summits were already front and center, and the icefield of the Cheakamus Glacier shone brightly in the morning light.

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