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Snowspider from Van Horlick Creek - Trip Report
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.23 - 07:06:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 3500m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Some bush, easy ford of Van Horlick creek, steep snow slopes, class 3 rock, mild exposure
A detailed description of our actual trip up Snowspider, ascending via N face and descending further down NE ridge.
This is the "trip report" that goes with my Route Report for Snowspider. The route described in my trip report has some variances from what I would recommend to anyone else.

Snowspider was on our "must climb" list for almost a decade, since it sits in the middle of a lightly visited area, and since it has a prominence of over 500m. Our first attempt on the peak was on a BCMC trip in April 1998, when we skied in via Vantage Col. See Snowspider Via Vantage Col. Next, we tried again with Doug Brown and Sandra McGuinness in December 2005, again via Vantage Col. In both these cases, reached only the base of the mountain before running out of time. This time we thought we'd try it as a summer trip, and budget 3 days to compensate for the long 5 hour drive each way.

Saturday morning we drove north to Pemberton, then east on the Duffy Lake road to the turnoff to Van Horlick Creek. (The turnoff is about 1/2 km east of Van Horlick Creek itself.) The beginning of the Van Horlick road had alders starting to encroach on the road, but we easily swished through with the Subaru, and soon we were in the open. The road is smooth with no waterbars all the way, the issue is alders. The road remains clear of alders right to the junction of the road up Morris Creek (the east fork of Van Horlick) and the west fork which we wanted.

Almost immediately after the road junction, the alders got thicker, slowing the car to about 5-10 km/ hour. After 1.5 km, we reached the sagging bridge over Morris Creek itself. (as previously reported it is damaged). One of the main "stringers" is broken in the center, such that the right hand side of the bridge sagged right to the creek. After inspection, I would have crossed it, except that we figured that the alders beyond the...

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