On a rainy Saturday we drove past the hordes of hikers, campers, climbers, picnickers and mosquitoes at Joffre Lakes and put one truck at the 5,500 feet at the terminus of the new logging road that runs up the west side of the east branch of Van Horlick Creek. The other truck we drove up the Blowdown Creek Rd and parked at about 6,000 feet where the differential on Bob's truck started bottoming out on the increasingly washed out road.
After about 90 minutes of walking we reached Blowdown Pass and looked down at the meadows leading down to the Stein wilderness area. We found ourselves two sheltered spots behind some krummholtz at the pass for our tents and [px]cay29.jpg[c]hiked up[/px] the meadow and shale slopes to the north of the pass and along the ridge to the summit of Gott Peak. As the sun began to set we had a good view of the [px]cay31.JPG[c] start of our traverse over Gotcha Peak[/px] and along to Notgott Peak.
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Next morning after a showery night, we hiked snow and talus slopes to the summit of [px]cay25.JPG[c] Gotcha Peak. [/px] An [px]cay37.JPG[c] easy scramble [/px]took us down the south ridge of Gotcha to a long flat summit between [px]cay2.JPG[c] Notgott [/px] and Gotcha. Talus and snow slopes led to the summit of...
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