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Mount Mason Area (in the Nahatlatch)
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.08 - 14:44:16
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Breakenridge Group
Participants: Jordan Peters, Steve Harng, Mike Layton, Justin Thibault Boulder fields, bushwacking
An exploratory trip to Mount Mason from the Nahatlatch Roads on the east side.
Steve and I had four days left to rip into the black book some more. The area south of Mount Mason on the Douglas-Nahatlatch divide has always held my interest and last year Steve and I got a glimpse of what looked to be stellar rock in the vicinity. See Mount Mason Southwest Side. There are two 6700' peaks with large and steep northeast buttresses and we thought they might perhaps be good climbs if similarly granite. The Nahatlatch FSR is famously closed to public travel and John Clarke & co. had forced their way up the roadless Douglas Creek some twelve years ago to discover Mason already climbed, but I decided to call Cattermole and make myself sound important. They appeared to buy my sense of self-eminence about the trip and revealed that there was now a watchman at the gate for such purposes and people could sometimes be let in.
It took us a while to make sense of the road system and stop staring at the cool bluff systems at the big bend on the Nahatlatch. There is a road visible on the BC Basemap Viewer that heads up Tincup Creek just east of Mason and even though it was pretty overgrown, it was only 2km from the big lake at the edge of the alpine.
"Hey Steve, what do you think this massive white patch on the map is below the lake? Looks like a big boulder field." See The Mount Mason Debris Field.
The rest of that day was thus consumed.
But the next morning we made a startling discovery. It looked like the only way around the lake was by the bushy east shore and as we wearily wound our way over there we saw what looked at first to be the remains of a plane crash or something in the trees. There were food barrels and two canoes strung up in the trees and bits of what looked like a campsite here and there. Sure it was a pretty...
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