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Mount Saunders # 8087

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Date: 1991.08.10
Vantage Point: On the ridge to the west of Pootlas Creek at 1524 m

Caption: Mount Saunders - South Face

PhotoDescr: John Clarke and I went Bella Coola to climb Mt. Saunders on the advice of Glenn Woodsworth. Starting with our feet in the sea at the Talleho Cannery we headed up the ridge behind it. Upon reaching the alpine, this view appeared and we were blown away.

From our camp, we debated how hard it was going to be, and cussed at Glenn because of the apparent difficulty for which we were unprepared. Having driven to Bella Coola, we decided to give it a close look.

The next morning, we headed towards it. Crossing the glacier, we climbed the snow on the South Face to a point more or less directly under the western end of the summit ridge.

Here a series of ramps headed back across the face. About halfway up, the ramps climbed more or less straight up to the summit ridge. Textbook class 3, the whole way without one class 4 move.

Loose but stable rock is found on the ramps and in the little gullies but the little ridges are very solid and nicely broken. About 250 m of steepish snow followed by 350 m of rock. Highly recommended.

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