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Mount Bishop, Elsay, and Runner Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 05:57:17
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1800m
Participants: Robin Tivy; Betsy Waddington; Peter Gumplinger; Terry Thompson; Darren Quist; Alain Jacot; Russell Noel;
Difficulty: 2: Steep bushy slopes, some tricky route finding, easy to get off route and lost.
Classic fall trip to Mt Bishop, the last peak on the chain of Vancouver North Shore mountains. Spectacular lush old growth forest.
Saturday Sep 12: 7:30 AM: It was once again time for the annual fall North Shore classic, one last taste of summer. This year it was Mt Bishop, a worthy goal selected at the end of last year's classic trip to Mt Hanover, by many of the same party.

Starting from the Seymour parking lot, our route was to go to Mystery lake, then up across "Brockton Point", and down and to the west of Mt Seymour. Here Peter G decided that in order to completely "clean out" the area, he would have to go up Mt Seymour. This only took minutes, and then the whole party proceeded around the west of Mt Seymour. The route west is fairly well ribboned. At one point there is an old rope to hang onto which helps you across a fairly steep slope in the tree

Once on the north of Mt Seymour, most of the party elected to climb "Runner Peak",starting from the great "Seymour Icecap" (a very small snowfield indeed). Runner peak proved to have one pitch of the steepest climbing on the entire trip - a steep little climb up a rock face, but with very good hand and footholds.

Once back at the Icefield, the whole party proceeded up Elsay peak, leaving our packs at the col. At the top of Elsay, a small swimmable tarn about 1.5 meters deep was found to be quite cold, but was bagged none the less by Betsy Waddington and R Tivy.

With the pond and the peak safely "in the bag" or "cleaned out" as Peter would say, we proceeded down a huge rock slope to the junction with the main Elsay lake trail running far below the east side of all the peaks. Finally, as the sun was going behind the ridge, Elsay lake was reached, and almost everybody went in for an extended swim, the water being quite warm. Dinner was then enjoyed by everybody. The highlight of dinner was to see who was going to die from eating the...

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