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Overland to Racoon Pass
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.05 - 05:43:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (11 days)     Elevation Gain: 5000m
Participants: Mark Grist, Dave Campbell
Difficulty: 4: Typical rambling and glacier travel. Some difficult routefinding required. Long stretch of loose moraine side-hilling involved to get past Clendenning Lake
An attempt to traverse the Clendenning Range via the Elaho River to Meager Creek and Racoon Pass. Stopped by a committing loose moraine traverse and returned the way we came.
Racoon Pass has always held a special status amongst Coast Mountain enthusiasts. In John Clarke's list of "favourite places" he listed it amongst as one of the best-high praise indeed. I am not sure how Mark and I decided on heading into the area, but at the end of August we both found ourselves with some free time. Our plan was to complete a horseshoe traverse around the upper Elaho, Clendenning and Sims; first heading to the Elaho-Meager headwaters, up the Meager Glacier, past Elaho Mountain, up the Clendenning Glacier, and around Mount Tinniswood to finish at Sun Peak.

We started the trip off with the long drive to the upper end of the Elaho mainline. I am always struck by how far this system goes, and how at the end, you are actually north of Pemberton. Unfortunately my vehicle was not designed for off-road travel. Along the way there was active hauling which made for some interesting driving. Coupled with that, as we neared the end of the road, I realized that my brakes were giving out, and my emergency brake no longer held. Not so much worries for heading up valley, but this did cause some trepidation for our outbound trip. Well, not much to do about it, so we decided to head off on the trip and worry about it later.

We parked at the end of the road system, and made our way onto the trail that the Western Canada Wilderness Committee had built from the Elaho to 100 Lakes Plateau and the "Stoltman" Wilderness (see Robin Tivy's article TripID232). After the long drive, we only made it a short distance along the trail and camped at one of the campsites along the trail.

The second day we continued along our way towards the Stoltmann Trail, and camped near a lake at 1000 Lakes Plateau. The following day we dropped down into Moose Flats-the low pass between the...

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