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Mining for Gems: North Ridge of Dickson Peak
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.17 - 12:00:55
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges / Dickson Range
  (2 days)
Participants: Jordan Peters, Gary Shorthouse Class 4-5
An ascent of the classy and aesthetic north ridge of Dickson Peak in the Bridge River area.
My truck is at the point where I have to decide whether to put a new engine in, or offload it on some poor sap unaware of the carnage it has seen. There are moments when I consider the engine option, but then I remember the abuse it's seen and whether it would be best to sell it before I break something serious. These abuses have often been in the company of one Gary Shorthouse, a lad from the Interior for whom trucks have always been made for both abuse and entertainment. The Roxey Creek problem before us was nothing unique -- a steep, overgrown mining track -- but the log across the road was too big for my hand saw and I didn't have a winch.

"This isn't rope, this is bloody float line for boats!"

"Yeah, I dunno why it was in the back of my truck."

"Okay, it's quadrupled around the tree, it might hold. Throw it in low and give 'er!"

SNAP: "What the hell was that?" "One of the strands breaking."

SNAP SNAP SNAP: "That's the other three."

Thus it was thus that the tree across the Roxey Creek Road remained in place and we were forced to walk all of 90 minutes to the bivy in upper Roxey Creek. If the next party up brings a chainsaw and a good truck, you're looking at a 10 second approach to the mining cabin.

Granted if we had been able to move the log the approach would have been the shortest we could ever recall, but I was somewhat relieved that I didn't have to punish my truck any further on that road (beware approaches that call for skills learned in completely different socioeconomic communities).

I had heard from a few folks that the north ridge of Dickson was an underrated and under climbed line and a stunning view of it last year from far off Mount Winstone put it back at the top of the list. It's pretty much the last piece of granite in...

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