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Kemano Country: Transmission Tower & Powerline Pass # 9153

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Date: 2006.08.11
Vantage Point: From a ridge about 8 km north of Kemano

Caption: Looking northwest up the Kemano River to Powerline Pass and Transmission Tower.

PhotoDescr: Powerline Pass (conspicuous near right edge) forms the divide between the Kemano and Kildala Rivers. Power generated at Kemano (180 degrees the other way from the photo) is carried by powerline along the Kemano River (foreground) and up to the pass. From there, the powerlines follow the Kildala River towards the aluminum smelter at Kitimat. The faint line angling gently down and left from the notch in the pass is the old road, used in 1952 and 1953 during construction of the powerline. If you enlarge this part of the photo, you can see other switchbacks leading down to the Kemano River.

Transmission Tower is a sharp peak in a land of rounded domes and horns. Tony Ellis and I climbed it over 40 years ago and found a cairn on top. We were camped in Powerline Pass, and one evening we wandered up towards T.T., worked our way around the west side, and finished on the north ridge with a bit of class 4.

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