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Summers of our Lives: Tetrahedron Peak by Bicycle
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.16 - 07:20:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1600m
Participants: Steve Grant; Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Difficult route finding, extensive bushwhacking, easy class 3 summit ridge.
Access by bicycle from sea level, then climb of peak.
It was June, the snow was getting soft up high, so once again it was time to go on a summer hike. Steve had long been talking of Tetrahedron Peak on the Sechelt peninsula. It was a "historic" mountain, since it had been the destination of numerous hikes in the early days of Vancouver's hiking history. But it had ceased to be a common mountaineering objective when roads opened up to the more spectacular mountains to the north.

My first sight of Tetrahedron had been years earlier, on my first contract to plant trees. It rose out of the haze every morning, white and pure above the thawing valley below. The foreman of the contract said that someday we should climb it. However, "someday" seldom comes to people who go into areas to work, since while you are there you are thinking about money all the time. It is only when you get back to the city that you feel like mounting an expedition.

Years later, I am living in Vancouver, and my climbing companion Steve found descriptions in an out of print guide book to approach the mountain from the other side. For historical reasons, I was immediately interested, and we drew up a simple but bold plan. The plan was to take our bicycles across to the Sechelt peninsula on the Langdale ferry , then ride to the abandoned town site at Port Melon, where there was still a Pulp mill operating. From there, we would locate the old logging roads and follow the abandoned branch roads. Eventually the road was supposed to cross a river which came down from the mountain. We would camp by the river, and the next day set out on foot for the mountain.

Early Saturday morning, we loaded our bicycles as lightly as possible, and set out for the Langdale ferry. Since we would be camping by the river, I decided to save weight by only bringing a...

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