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An Amble up Arlington
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.18 - 22:34:12
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Slocan Ranges / Kokanee Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Doug Brown, Kumo the Dog Class 2, bit of easy bush.
An account of an off-trail hike up Arlington Peak in Kokanee Glacier Park.
On a cloudless day in late of August, I unexpectantly found myself without a climbing partner. Unwilling to stay at home on such a beautiful late summer day, I sacrificed a "trash peak" - Arlington Peak - that would normally have been saved for shoulder season.

I drove the Lemon Creek road to where it turns to Crusader Creek road at 16.8 km and continued north. I was planning to either try the road(s) on the north side of Tagart Creek or the road(s) that curve around into the basin to the NW of Arlington; I was undecided on which to try and planned to make my decision based on how good the Tagart road looked. The Tagart road didn't look good, so I carried on, but the road almost immediately crossed the creek. "This isn't good" I thought, as Basemap had led me to expect a major highway continuing up the east side of Crusader Creek. The road soon switch-backed south and appeared to be heading towards Crusader Flats, so I turned around and headed back.

Next I tried the much deteriorated continuation of Crusader: it was immediately bushy and water barred. After 400 m I encountered a nastry ford that I was unwilling to try, especially on my own (the dog refused to direct me). The ford itself wasn't too bad, but it had steep on and off ramps, and the on-ramp had a large boulder right in the middle, that was dieing to rip out my undercarriage and then high-centre me. Oh the fun with roads in the Kootenays.

After considering walking from here (~4800') I decided to go back to the road on the south side of Taggart Creek, and give it a go. With only a moderate amount of to-ing and fro-ing, I turned the beast around and headed back the 1.3 km to the road in question. Unfortunately this deeply water barred road soon turned south and was clearly heading in the wrong...

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