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From the Summit of Mount McGuire # 4639

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Date: 2003.11.09
Vantage Point: From the summit of Mount McGuire

Caption: McGuire's south ridge runs a slightly exposed Class 2 scramble to its summit, providing great views southeast to the [Photo4842-Border Peaks Range] (left), featuring Canadian Border Peak's fanged summit (left), American Border Peak (center), and Mount Larrabee (one of the Pleiades is the small bump left of Larrabee). Tomyhoi Peak with its great high bench glacier is in the right foreground, with Mount Shuksan (distant right).

PhotoDescr: I headed up Mount McGuire on an extremely cold November day. There was a bit of snow and a lot of ice to contend with on the south ridge leading up the mountain, but nothing like the small glacier that had formed on the Slesse-Borden Creek FSR. Recent record rainfall was followed closely by record low temperatures in the Lower Mainland, resulting in a lot of road washouts which had now turned to ice. Unfortunately I didn't see this mass of ice until my Jeep had started climbing the road from hell. After some white knuckled "driving", I managed to park the Jeep in a relatively safe spot. I put on crampons after a few cartoon-like falls, and ascended the half kilometer or so of ice, using my axe to safely cross some of the small ice covered streams that had washed over the road.

  The trail up the mountain was a mixture of ice, snow, mud and scree, but the views from the summit were as beautiful as ever. A light dusting of snow gave a different perspective to the surrounding mountains, but the cold temps had me on my way back down in a hurry.

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