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Gateway to Petlushkwohap Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.06.04 - 21:48:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cantilever Range
  (3 days)
Participants: Don Funk
Difficulty: 3: Moderately steep open forest, class 1-4 hiking and scrambling on open slopes and ridges.
Description of road and ridge access and climb of Petlushkwohap Mountain.
With the recent arrival of autumn and a forecast of warmth and sunshine predicted for the upcoming weekend, I was looking to climb that one last high peak of the season. Earlier in the year, Greg Jones and I made our first ascents of Skihist Mountain. See Greg Jones trip report for details of the climb of Skihist. This trip left quite an impression on me, and so I decided to return to this magnificent area know as the Cantilever Range in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Skihist just happens to have a good, high neighbour off to the northeast known as Petlushkwohap Mountain, and is a peak which I had not yet ascended.

But Petlushkwohap is difficult to reach, particularly in the time frame of a 2 day weekend from the Vancouver area. All access routes are long and involve travel over rugged terrain, making this a 3 day trip minimum. This is particularly the case now due to the deactivated road access up North Kwoiek Creek. And because I only had 2 days scheduled off for this trip, I began searching for an easier access route. On the previous Skihist trip, I noticed a long and inviting ridge which runs along the north side of North Kwoiek Creek. This ridge looked to be accessible from the creek, and appeared to offer good scenic access to the area around Petlushkwohap. So this had me pouring over my map, examining this ridge route and access points along it. So ideally, I was searching for a route which would connect this ridge route to the base of Petlushkwohap Mountain, with minimal elevation loss. And the ideal place for this route would be near the north face of Winter Peak, but this area appeared quite steep on my map, and unlikely to have such a passageway. So I decided to set off to find this "gateway" to Petlushkwohap, perhaps allowing me to...

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