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Glacier View Peak by Trial and Error
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.31 - 11:15:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Slocan Ranges / Kokanee Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Sandra McGuinness, Doug Brown Moderate glacier, snow/ice to 35-40 degrees, class 3-4 loose rock.
A day trip up Glacier View Peak via the Woodbury Cabin trail and the Woodbury Glacier.
This was to be my last technical mountain route pick of the year. In customary fashion, I probably spent more time planning and picking the outing than I did actually on the outing (and it was a long outing). I really wanted to go to Gladsheim, or maybe have a go at Devil's Dome, but as it was the last day of the Labour Day weekend, the kennel was booked solid. I considered trying Gladsheim as a day trip, but was discouraged by Kratky-san's 20 year old account of running for 12 hours straight to accomplish that feat.

I settled on Glacier View Peak because I was interested in walking the just reopened Woodbury trail, and it seemed a worthy objective in an area of the park I hadn't visited since a disappointing ski trip to Silver Spray many years ago.

Rough calculations led me to expect a 11-12 hour day, although I secretly hoped we'd do it in 10-11. I'm sure there is a good reason why I, a passionate morning-hater, chose such a long day trip that required a savagely early morning rise - I just can't think of it right now. As is the way, the 4:00 am alarm clock sitting a mere foot from my head made it impossible for me to get to sleep much before 3:00 am. Oh what fun!

The brain-addling bounce up the Woodbury Creek FSR enhanced my early morning nausea to the point where eating breakfast was not possible, so when we hit the trail at 6:40 I was once again forced to seriously doubt my sanity. The trail was only very recently opened after a two year closure that followed the fires of 2003. Initially it was in good shape, however once we entered the burned area, the extra sun afforded by the killed trees and the lack of hikers for the last 2 years had allowed the green vegetation to take over the trail. There was a heavy dew the night before (isn't there...

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