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Tahumming Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.19 - 11:06:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / The Tahumming Range
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Participants: John Baldwin and John Clarke Rugged wilderness mountaineering, requires route finding
A description of the route along the Tahumming.
Length: 83km, Elevation Gain: 7300m John Baldwin and John Clarke, 1986; CAJ 1987 p35

A spectacular alpine traverse. This remarkable route forms a complete unbroken horseshoe around the entire drainage of the Tahumming River at the head of Toba Inlet. The route follows the slender snowy divides with the Klite, Filer, Orford and Brem Rivers which drop over 2000m into the deep coastal valleys on either side. It is incredibly scenic and varied: To quote John Clarke "every day for two weeks you are blown away." It has been described by some as one of the most outstanding alpine traverses in Canada. It is also one of the only skyline traverses to be repeated. Ironically John and I only realized its potential after failed attempts to complete its two halves as part of separate traverses around the Orford and Klite Rivers.

The traverse is usually completed in a counter-clockwise direction, by gaining the Tahumming-Klite Divide from the head of Toba Inlet, via a 3500ft shoulder NW of the river mouth. If using a helicopter you will probably want to be dropped off on the ridge crest near 5700ft.

It is several days travel N along this spectacular divide to icefields feeding the Tahumming Glacier. Traverse N on these to circle around the N side of Nanitch Peak and descend on steep slabs into the beautiful valley of the upper Orford River. Some parties have been able to avoid the slabs here by descending the slopes between Nanitch Peak and the glacier to the S.

Follow subalpine meadows down the upper Orford R to near 3500ft (staying near the river to avoid bush lower down) where a broad gulley and ridge to the S can be used to regain the main divide that runs down the entire W side of the Tahumming. There are a few tricky sections along this side, including the crux N...

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