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Blisters and Ticks - Taseko-Lillooet Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.19 - 15:25:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (13 days)
Participants: Martin Godwyn; Ivan Bandic; Joakim Hallin; Fred Touche Travel on glaciers and frozen lake. Avalanche danger.
This ski traverse went from Lower Taseko Lake to the Lillooet River near Pebble Creek. Three minor summits were climbed in the middle of the icefield: Mount Henderson, Mount Dodds, and Mount Mills.
The complicated logistiscs of this trip trip probably weren't helped by leaving Vancouver on Friday the 13th - Good Friday to boot! The plan was to use a borrowed van to drive as close as possible to Fishem Lake Lodge, the intended starting point of our trip. We were accompanied by Wendy Johnstone and James Ram in their 4x4 pickup which was filled with our gear - they were going to join us for the first day of the ski traverse, then turn back and drive the van and truck back.

There were all kinds of uncertainties regarding the road conditions to the lodge. Before leaving Vancouver I first I called the Chilcotin Forest District office in Alexis Creek. They promply told me to call the Cariboo Highways District who didn't know anything and in turn redirected me to the Nemiah Valley band office. There a woman answered that her uncle had tried to drive up the road but had only got as far as Twin Lake, then continued on snowmobile. I was not sure if she was referring to the same road that I was inquiring about and couldn't find Twin Lake on any map. About a week into our ski trip, Yaron Kiflawi was supposed to drop off my car somewhere along the Lillooet River road as far up the valley that he could drive so that we would have something to drive home with.

Our two-vehicle convoy left Vancouver and turned north at Hope. Then we effortlessly rolled along the Thompson River, through Cache Creek and 100-Mile House to Williams Lake. From here we headed west on the Bella Coola Highway and then turned south onto a gravel road near Hanceville. The eastern edge of the Coast Mountains eventually came into view as we headed south. [photo]ThompsonRiver.jpg[caption]Thompson River[/photo]


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