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John Clarke's Route to Mt Seymour
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 04:48:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 300m
Participants: a cluster of curious comrades
Difficulty: 3: traversing gullies that may be icy or avalanche-prone from above or underfoot.
A mountain memory of John Clarke, this route he found and showed a BCMC party some years ago descends from the normal route and follows benches on the west side of the mountain towards the summit.
Begin skiing up the normal winter trail to the summit of Mt Seymour. At point 1213 have a break, survey the drop ahead of you and remove your skins. Descend northeast to a low point on the winter route and veer sharply west, following a creek, traversing south to reach open slopes that are followed down to an obvious bench. This bench may be followed to its western limit and views can be had of the valley to the west,and John showed us some culturally modified trees, native or European, I forget which. Retrace your track to where the bench meets the slopes and follow this north to where the bench ends and the slope steepens. Climb bearing northeast about 120M elevation looking for an opening where you can gain a bench that can be followed in a northwest direction. You will come to a steep gully below a waterfall that must be dropped into and climbed out of.
This is very exciting on a hard crust, and may be foolhardy in 'considerable' avalanche conditions. Once past this feature the bench traverses very pleasant mature forest to where the skier can climb up to west end of the ridge coming from the second peak of Mt Seymour. This ridge may be followed to the second peak and a return back to the parking lot via the normal route over Pump Peak. If the weather and snow conditions are considered safe enough, there is a point where the skier can drop off this ridge to gain the bowl immediately west of the true summit of Mt. Seymour. This may be climbed to join the normal route at the summit....
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