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Phelix Creek Rambles
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.06 - 20:03:44
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Cadwallader Range
  (2 days)
Participants: Solo
Difficulty: 3: Hiking, scrambling to class 3
A pleasant afternoon climb of Peregrin W1 and attempt on Shadowfax
Having been to Phelix Cr. twice on skis I wanted to see what the summer trail was like. Once on the deactivated road it became doubtful that there was a trail. There was only the slightest hint that people had walked over and around the dozens of big logs and debris scattered over the artificially rough ground. The turn off to the creek was not marked and a distant flag from the winter route lured me to the edge of impenetrable bush where all tracks ended. Once across the creek following the trail was not much easier in the lush vegetation. Luckily some people had already trampled down the fresh growth a bit. In the trees the trail became easier to see except where some wrong tracks led off to the side at some deadfalls. I spent a few minutes obscuring these and clearing away debris.

I had left N Van shortly after 6am. It was a great drive, no traffic. Although it was still early I met 7 guys coming down, the first two groups before my lunch stop. At the cabin I was all by myself. After a short rest I continued up the valley through slightly swampy clearings north of the creek. The upper lake is very scenic and the ridge to the SW looked like an attractive afternoon objective. I headed diagonally up towards its NW end. With only hiking boots and no iceaxe I did not want to traverse longer snow slopes so near the top I climbed straight up to a small rock band which was class 3. Once on top of the ridge I had a great panorama. To the NW I could see Sessel and Samson between the high peaks around the head waters of Noel and Sockeye Creeks. To the south was the Joffre Matier group and to the far SE I thought I recognized Elusive while to the NE Whitecap was visible behind Tailefer. In the valley lay the two long lakes, even the hut was visible between the...

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