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Meslilloet East Ridge - Ski from Mamquam Roads
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.19 - 16:30:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Fern Heitkamp, John Crockewat, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 4: Stream crossing on log, thrash through slide alder. Final peak is steep snow climb, and somewhat exposed traverse to get around to peak.
Two day ski trip starting from road on north of Mamquam R. Then south along ridge to glacier and then onto East Ridge. Final ascent is across south face and wrap around to west side.
Two day ski trip starting from Mamquam M26.6 Pollen spur. Drop down into valley, cross both forks of upper Mamquam river, then south along ridge to glacier and then onto East Ridge. Final ascent is across south face and wrap around to west side.

Betsy and Fern had somehow gotten the idea that Meslillooet was a day trip, and thus would be a very easy day and a half trip. I seemed to remember that Klaus Haring and I had previously taken 3 days, but agreed to try anyway. So we headed out at noon on Saturday, intending to camp at the lakes, climb the peak on Sunday and return.

We drove Betsy's Ford Bronco truck east on Mam26.6 Pollen Line to a point just west of where it used to cross the upper fork of the Mamquam river. The last part of the road had dozens of tiresome ditches that required the full capeabilities of the Bronco. From the road we headed directly down (south) into the valley. We stayed on the west side of the first branch of the Mamquam river, looking for a good place to cross. We had some difficulty finding a spot but eventually found a huge log. In hindsight, we should have stayed on the old road, and crossed it there.

Once across the first fork, we then contoured over and down into the valley bottom and crossed the valley bottom fork. It is no bigger than the first. Crossing early turned out to be a mistake, since we got into quite a bear garden of slide alder mixed with devil's club.

Eventually we climbed up the steep slope on the opposite side of the valley, and were able to put on our skis for the last part of the ridge. Immediately after cresting the ridge, we dropped down to the upper lake, (which was still frozen) and camped there.

We called the lake "triple point lake" in light of the fact that the peak on the ridge NW of...

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