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Goin' till the Cows Come Home: Northeastern Niut Range via Valleau Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.25 - 13:09:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
Participants: Don Funk Hiking and scrambling to class 4.
A trip up Valleau Creek into the northeastern Niut Range where various peaks and ridges where visited.
With the Labour Day weekend approaching, I had my sights set on climbing a high remote peak somewhere in the midst of the coastal range of BC. One area I had not yet visited was the Niut Range, and there exists here many high rugged peaks, two of which are accessible in the time span of just a few days. Niut Mountain lies near the northeastern end of the range, and is most easily accessed from horse trails near Tatlayoko Lake. Access to Razorback Mountain is reasonable due to a cattle trail which runs up Valleau Creek. I learned of these trails after contacting Don Serl and Drew Brayshaw. Thanks guys for the info! Don also mentioned that the west ridge of Razorback is the standard route, but is awkward to get to as it's a long way around the mountain if approaching via Valleau Creek and the northeast side. He also figures that little or no climbing has been done on the northeast or east sides, meaning that the east ridge is quite likely unclimbed! I noticed that Drew had a photo of the east ridge of Razorback (taken from the air) posted on Bivouac, and this I found very enticing. But if it was anything like the shale reported to exist on the west ridge, then it could be quite interesting?
Another option was the north ridge. Looking at the map, it appears steep, but after checking out another photo, looks as though it may be doable? Well, all this really had my interest perked. This is quite a high peak by coast standards at over 10,400 feet and it likely has unclimbed routes. The only remaining question is of the rock quality. Could it be that the entire mountain is nothing but a giant heap of loose shale? Somehow I find this hard to believe. Another thing that Don had mentioned, was that Niut could likely be approached from the Valleau Creek side as well. I had...
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