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October Whiteout in the Gott Creek Drainage
Timestamp Free: 2019.01.19 - 10:04:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Brew-Siwhe Group
  (2 days)
Participants: Benoit Landry Easy scrambling on some steep grassy slopes.
Attempted climb of Boulder Mountain from the gott creek road.
Did somebody say long week-end in october? Sounds like 3 days in the backcountry hiking above the coulds to me. Or as it turned out this time, IN the clouds. and then some.

Two weeks before I had scoped out some peaks in the area from mount Rohr, and it looked like the ridges in the area were mellow and rounded. I was planning the ascent of Boulder Mountain (which at the time I didn't know was named) from a sub-valley of the Gott creek drainage. I would bushwhack along a small creek into a secondary valley on the north side of the Gott creek drainage, from the gott creek road up to a lake at 1950m, then up beyond into the alpine to camp. From there, I would attempt the summit the next day, and hike out on day 3. Judging by the topo map it looked like I would go through 300m of steep climbing, then 500m of low-angle ridge to the summit.

Unfortunately, the weather gods weren't on my side. The original forecast of rain for my summit day only morphed into relatively clear skies after I wasted saturday morning sitting in my apartment. there went day 1.

I drove up to cayoosh pass that night and searched for the road. It wasn't marked, so naturally I ended up on the wrong road. my GPS was all over the shop and the outlet of Gott creek couldn't be accurately found. After running over 2 large rocks in my jetta, I decided to turn back and go to the next valley to the north. This time I was on track, climbing up the gott creek road towards my marked waypoint.

The Gott creek road was still in good shape despite warnings of cross-ditches and de-activation. The first obstacle I encountered was a small rocky creek bed crossing the road, marked with caution tape. After giving it some thought I tried it, and managed to find a good angle that avoided any undercarriage...

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