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Slesse South West Buttress
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.18 - 05:00:36
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Skagit Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1900m
Participants: Ryan Allderman, Yuko Iwanaga
Difficulty: 5: A long steep 5-6 hour hike, and a 2 hour climb on low 5 th to 5.6 rock.
A description of a climb up the South West Buttress of Slesse.
To get there we took the Chilliwack-Slesse FSR (Slesse Creek road), the turnoff of which is just before an army base, and about a km after crossing the second bridge on Chilliwack river road. Chilliwack-Slesse FSR is on the east side of Slesse creek, not the west, a mistake that we made. The road is fine for a two wheel drive car. We then followed the creek for about 8km until we got to a wide parking lot. There are a few turn-offs, just follow the creek as far as you can go.

From the parking lot, we started walking along the trail at around 1 pm, which is a continuation of the road for about 3km and 45 minutes. The Slesse Mountain trail starts here (570m), at a memorial plaque (not the aeroplane one).

The trail is very steep, a lot steeper than the Grouse Grind, but with no steps. It goes through a forest up to a knoll at about 1850m, the trail then descends a little to a shoulder, where there is soft under growth to camp on, this is the usual bivvy spot, we walked about 30 minutes (1930m) further, until 5:30, so we would save time the next day, where there is a spot suitable for bivvying, but not tenting.

The trail is well marked and worn. It took us about five hours to get to this point from the car. There is absolutely no water up there, we carried five litres each, which was just enough if you don't need to use water for cooking.

The trail from the bivvy site to the start of the trail is harder to follow, there is flagging tape, but never when you need it. It took about 45 minutes from the Bivvy site to the start of the climb. We lost the trail once, because it turns left into a thick bush, but there are a few ways to get to the mountain.

The climb starts in the gully between the Fraser Tower (left most sub peak looking from the bivvy site) and the...

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