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North From Mystery Peak: Valpolicella and 8200 # 5869

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Date: 2004.08.03
Vantage Point: From summit of Mystery Peak

Caption: From the summit of Mystery Peak, looking north to the area between the two forks of Noel Creek.

PhotoDescr: Check out that beautiful turquoise lake at the head of Sockeye Creek at the bottom of the photo.

I had always assumed Valpolicella to be granite, sandwiched as it is right between Mystery and 8200. Certainly is an attractive technicolour yawn though, isn't it? Being neatly equidistant from either Hope or Noel Creek, I doubt it is climbed that often. There are glaciers on the north sides of both Valpollicella and 8200.

The Incisors are actually the blip at the very end of the granite ridge heading north from the 8200 massif in the centre of the photo. The large granite faces on both The Incisors and 8200 are hidden from this angle.

Steve and I both topped out in different locations at the end of the north gully on Mystery. I had taken a mossy jam crack that actually I slipped out of, falling about five feet. I figured Steve must have found an easier way, but on the summit he revealed that he too took a fall when the chockstone he was standing on in a neighbouring chimney broke free from under him. Hmmmmm.

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