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An Ascent of Mount Brice and Mount Andrews
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.22 - 05:25:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (2 days)
Participants: Justin Brown and Nancy Mickelson No technical difficulty. Some moderate bushwhacking and routefinding. Pleasant and remote subalpine ridge travel and gentle to moderate south slopes with good ski-touring/snowshoeing potential.
An explorative trip to the summit of Mount Brice from the south via the old Shawatum Creek logging/mining road off the Silver-Skagit Road. An ascent over nearby Mount Andrews on the return.
With a weather forecast calling for a couple of days of sun, we packed up last minute and headed for the Silver-Skagit Road south of Hope. Our destination this time, we decided, would be Mount Brice which is located in a remote part of the Skagit Valley Recreation Area, west of Manning Park. We had seen the large and dramatic north face of Brice a few weeks earlier on a trip up Snass Mountain and we both thought it would be an interesting destination.

It had been raining most of the week previously and then it warmed up considerably. I was curious to see first hand how high the snow level had retreated to and just how much snow was there. We also wanted to look at the skiing potential in the neighbourhood of Mount Brice, the nearby Mount Andrews and the Shawatum Creek drainage. Not to mention the obvious and constant fact that we both just wanted to get away and go sleep on an obscure summit somewhere.

It was late and very dark by the time we had reached the parking area at the start of the Shawatum Creek road at approximately 45km on the Silver-Skagit Road. All of the info signs at the parking lots along the road on the way in had been taken down(for the winter I guess), so knowing if we were in the right spot exactly was difficult. Regardless, we parked, brewed some tea and curled up in the back of the truck for a sound sleep and an early start the next day.
 With the first sign of light I noticed that it had totally cleared overnight and the first rays of morning light were glowing pink on the summit of Silvertip accross the valley. Turning the other way I could see that we were in the correct locale to Shawatum Mountain and thus we should be on the Shawatum Creek road. I felt my adrenaline rise with excitement at the prospect of getting up high...

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