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Camel Direct from Hanes Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.07 - 03:42:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1300m
Participants: Dave Campbell, Vance Culbert, Steve Robertson
Difficulty: 5: Hike in and fourth to low-fifth class climbing
An ascent of the Camel direct from the Lynn-Hanes Valley trail via the east face
In my final year of my undergrad degree I had to complete a thesis of my own research. I ended up with a topic to study landforms in Lynn Valley on the North Shore. It was a great place to do work because of its close proximity to the city.

In order to "scout" the area out, I proposed to Vance that we should try climbing the Widowmakers' Arete on the Camel. Acces was easy because you can catch a bus to and from the trip. You also get to do a loop around the Lynn-Hanes trail and get to start and end the trip in different spots. The idea of the loop sounded good, and by starting in Lynn Valley, you don't need to drop a huge amount of elevation down to the route to get onto it.

It was a typical grey and wet October day when we ended heading out. By the time we reached the upper Lynn Valley, we were soaked. I think Steve thought better of our ideas, and decided to bail, and Vance and I continued to forge ahead. We continued along the Hanes Trail to the upper headwaters. From there we picked a gully which appeared to head up to the east ridge (Widowmakers' Arete) on the Camel.

The weather was still pretty bad, though most of the rain had let up and it was just damp and foggy. We didn't get too many good views of the route. From the upper end of the gully we worked our way out of scree and onto some rock. At some point I think we decided we were off route, and it looked like were weren't going to be able to get onto the Arete (we had probably gone up the wrong gully and couldn't get to the ridge from there). Our alternative plan was to head a little further to the left (south) and try to pick a route up from there.

We ended up climbing a fair bit of class 4 terrain. There was one sketchy section where Vance didn't have enough rope to get to a safe belay, and we...

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