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North Tenas Two-Pack
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.23 - 06:26:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Kevin Titus, John Hall, Nicole, Mitch Sulkers
Difficulty: 3: One should be comfortable climbing and descending steepish slopes without benefit of a trail. Not a lot of vertical gained at any one moment, but sustained uphill of @900 m from road to either summit.
Rumours of a possible one day link-up accessed via the N Tenas Branch entice members of the Whistler ACC and friends to head into the alpine on a beautiful fall Saturday.
Fueled by reports on Bivouac from Jordan Peters, Rhys Gibb, Paul Kubik, and Drew Brayshaw, and with the promise of yet one more weekend of awesome summer weather, we found ourselves winding our way up the "baby butt smooth" N. Tenas Branch with the plan of bagging a North Tenas Two-Pack-in this case, Seven O'Clock and Sun God Mountains. As promised in earlier reports, the road was simply too smooth to be true, and aside from a short stop to remove one windfallen log and another to watch a lone wolf that bounded from the surrounding forest, we quickly arrived at the end of the road.

Having read and re-read the reports, we had our choice of routes. We decided to follow the fisherman's trail for a short distance, but this quickly turned towards Mt. Ronayne, so we struck off through the woods intending to hit a high col just west of the tarn in Drew's recent photo essay. Finding the going to be in good shape, with lots of veggie belays, we managed to find fairly open going, though we began to wonder when we had not crested the ridge after an hour. Another twenty minutes brought us to a fine col composed of small chunks of weathered granite, completely unmarked by footprints. It was as if we'd hit high ground in the Sierras or above Lake Tahoe, with a few young Whitebark pine completing the effect. From the far side of the col, we got our first glimpse of Cerulean Lake.

Another half hour from the col had us on the summit of Seven O'Clock Mountain, chattering about all the winter touring and ridgewalking possibilities laid out before us. Far below, the calm waters of crystal clear Ogre Lake and a variety of other tarns tempted us to travel in so many different directions. In the end, we chose to descend the route we had...

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