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A Traverse of Melvin Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.02 - 09:12:03
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range East
  (1 days)
Participants: Fred Touche, Don Funk, Gerry Kollmuss, Greg Jones Class 3/4 on loose to half decent rock
Article describes a day trip ascending the north ridge and descending the east ridge of a high peak in Downton Creek.
The weather had been pretty crappy, and another Canada Day holiday was a washout. Stacey and I had gone into the alpine terrain at the head of the north fork of Downton Creek on Friday, and despite some off and on weather we really enjoyed ourselves. While driving down the road, Stacey asked me what that phenomenal peak was in front of us. We had seen this same peak from ridges above Melvin Creek a year ago. This time I took a compass bearing and got out the was Melvin Peak.

I had planned to get out for the two days on the weekend, but the weather just was not improving. Hmmmmm.

Sunday was shaping up to be not entirely terrible, so we set the wheels in motion. We bounced around a few ideas, and finally half decided on Mount Brew (Lillooet Range). Fred was not sold on a super long day, as I believe he was the only one that had to get up for work the next day. He suggested Mount Daly, but I had made 4 trips into the Paleface Creek drainage in the last year, and was not overly keen to repeat the process.

Where to go? Where to go? Hey I know....Downton Creek! Now Don has climbed just about every peak named CY.. (fill in the blank) there is, and Fred had been up Downton Creek a couple of weeks earlier...hell I was just up there the day before last! Not one of us balked at the suggestion. That is just a testament to the fantastic access, and phenomenal terrain at the head of this impossibly steep drainage. The fact that Gerry had not been there before sealed the deal.

It's about a 4 hour drive to the landings on any of the spur roads in Downton Creek from the Lower Mainland, but it's a scenic drive. As we drove up the mainline we noticed a truck parked lower down. Gerry noted a bunch of climbing stickers on the tailgate, and it clued into me...

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