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North Western View from Boulder Mountain (Duffey Lake Area) # 14856

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Date: 2011.07.09
Vantage Point: the broad summit area of Boulder Mountain

Caption: Looking down the very open and easy to walk northwest ridge of Boulder Mountain. Boulder NW1 is at right. A sub summit of Seton Peak is above it with Seton just left of it. Whitecap is on the horizon centre right with Melvin prominent centre shot. Mountains of the southern Downton area to Barkley Valley fill out the centre to left side.

PhotoDescr: I had a lot of pleasant surprises on this trip. First I was able to drive up the Boulder Mountain Spur (off of Gott Creek Road) to 1750m. Second it was easy to gain the northwest ridge at 2100m and then follow that all the way to the summit with barely any snow on the route. Third, the ridge beyond a 2400m knoll was mostly meadow and fine scree which is easy on the feet and allows more time to take in the excellent views in all directions. The rocks in the foreground is the roughest it gets.

Once in the alpine (half hour from the vehicle) a distinctive mountain goat track leads me up the ridge line (class 2 with a few low class 3 sections) to the 2400m knoll area (centre left of picture). Beyond that it's a stroll up to the summit and expansive views.

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