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Kiwa Creek Approach to Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.15 - 01:40:10
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Cariboo Mountains / Premier Range
  (5 days)
Participants: Steve Sheriff, Chris Brick, Chris Seashore, Jon Turk modest mountaineering
A description and pictures of approaching Sir Wilfrid Laurier up Kiwa Creek
I've seen Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and his neighbors in the Premier Range, from enough distant peaks to start to think of them as old friends. It seemed time to finally pay a closer visit and we decided to access the group via Kiwa Creek.

The access to the base of the [px]Kiwa_Glacier.JPG[c]Kiwa Glacier[/px] is fairly straight forward. A good, signed logging road up Kiwa creek leads to a parking area at a good bridge. Beyond, two large boulders are placed so as to stop pickups. The road is still accessible for ATVs; we found fresh ATV tracks in the meadows and bogs beyond the road's ultimate end as well as in the moraines at the lake (144620, 83 D/13). We parked at the "trail" head, and walked up the road.

The road is easy walking and there is getting to be sufficient alder in many spots to keep the bugs whisked off. In about four hours we were at the last cut block. From there, we plunged down the bank and beat our way along the southeast side of Kiwa Creek to the lake. Generally, the best route is to stay very close (a meter or two) to the creek where there are regular stretches of semi-dry games trails most of the way. Despite those trails, there are plenty of bogs, beaver dams, occasional alder patches, and knee-to-thigh high spruce to maintain one's focus on route finding. We speculated on whether the route will be passable in a decade. We took about three hours from the road's end to the lake. Although we camped at a nice spot on the creek a couple kilometers short of the lake, making the lake in a day would not be too onerous.

From our camp at the lake, the two closest icefalls in the Kiwa Glacier looked to be more than we had in mind. That part of the glacier was totally devoid of snow and the second icefall looked particularly broken and unappealing. As...

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