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"I won't be in to work tonight" : Skihist Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 21:45:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cantilever Range
  (3 days)
Participants: Don Funk, Greg Jones
Difficulty: 3: Class 3-4 on loose rock.
First ascent of new route on east side of Skihist Mtn. Ridge to north of main glacier.
For me, Skihist Mountain has always had a certain aura about it. It is the highest mountain described in Bruce Fairley's guide, and is arguably the highest mountain (9750') in Southwestern BC. So when Don asked me if I was interested in a trip up North Kwoiek Creek to give it a go, I didn't have to think too hard about it.

The night before we were set to leave, I was on my way to work when I received a call from my friend Gerry, who had climbed Skihist with a small BCMC party in 2002. When I told him we were going to attempt it in two days, he mentioned that it would be tough, and that three days was much more realistic. I had to be out before 10:30pm Sunday night to call in sick to work that night, and Don had to work Monday morning....hmmm!

I have a tendency to be overly optimistic about approach times; I think it's a way to block out the reality of not attaining a specific goal. I relayed my feelings to Don, and after some discussion, we decided to give it a go and see how things turned out...I think Don has a similar issue with this as well ( :

I picked up Don in Surrey at about 6:30 on Saturday morning, and we headed for Boston Bar. We took the West Side Road to the Kwoiek Creek FSR, and drove to 11km where the North Kwoiek Creek FSR takes off. There are a few signs stating "Road Closed", and other non descript warnings, but I knew the first creek crossing at 1.8km would be our crux. It wasn't long before we were staring at a pretty formidable vehicle crossing.

Now I drive a big modified Jeep TJ, a product of a 4X4 phase I went through quite a few years ago. The truck is built for this type of travel, and I've driven through much deeper and riskier terrain, but always with another truck ready to haul my butt out if I got in trouble. With this in mind, I...

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