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The Butterfly Flaps Its Wings - Storm and Summits in Valhalla
Timestamp Free: 2019.04.23 - 10:08:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Valhalla Ranges / Valhalla Range / Mulvey Group
  (5 days)
Participants: Drew Brayshaw, Merran Fahlman
Difficulty: 5: Three climbs ranging from 4th class, to Grade III 5.10a
Ascents of the SW ridge of Asgard, the Koedt/Rowat on Gladsheim, Nott and Batwing during a 5 day trip in Valhalla Provincial Park

Day 0 - Monday

I got home from the Yukon at 11 on Sunday night. Monday morning, I was at the office by 8 AM. Worked in the office until noon, drove downtown for a Yaletown meeting, came back to the office at 6:30, worked till 8. Got home near 8:30 and did Yukon laundry while eating dinner. Too lazy or tired to pack properly so I compromised by making a pile of most of the gear I was likely to want on the floor of the gear room and in the hallway outside the gear room.

Day 1- Tuesday
Slept through the alarm, got up near 8 AM and started prepping for the day. By 9:30 I was driving towards Hope having "packed" by throwing random selections from the gear pile into the car. Once on Highway 3 I fell into my old habits of passing rental motorhomes and long-haul trailers over the double yellow in order to maintain a reasonable speed. It was pretty damn hot and only got hotter. I pit stopped in Keremeos for fruit and ice cream. By eating these in the reverse order to the correct way, I was able to experience the exquisite sourness of apricots, an unusual sensation.

I was making good time as far along as Christina Lake. Just outside Christina the big hill spelled doom to the Subaru's senile radiator. I had to stop at Paulsen Bridge and make a 4th class scrambling descent in my Chaco sandals to the riverbank in order to obtain water, then coast back down the hill to the Lake to buy radiator fluid at a gas station. All this set me well behind schedule and I had to miss the planned espresso and swimming stops in Slocan Valley and proceed directly to Valhalla Bridge where my climbing partner Mer was beginning to worry because I was an hour and a half late.

Over dinner at the Harold Street Cafe we covertly eavesdropped on other climbers who were...

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