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Beverley Creek Route Exploration and Flagging (Callaghan Valley)
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.18 - 11:26:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Scott Nelson
Difficulty: 2: Easy forest skiing to bypass the canyon in Beverley Creek.
Flagged a route (two variations) from Whistler Olympic Park XC trails up into Beverley Creek, bypassing the canyon on the ridge to the west.
I've been through Beverley Creek 3 times this season. On the first attempt we got spun around by confusing creeks and deposited into the wrong valley, then on the return (attempt #2) we found a route that was better until it ended up in a nasty canyon. Attempt #3 was skiing down the creek from rainbow mountain, which didn't go any better. Since then I've been curious to try to find a good route through the difficult section.

Sunday generated the perfect excuse to satisfy my curiosity about Beverley creek. I had to go up to drop of some stuff for the wedding at Callaghan Country, and also meet with John Allberg and Bryce Leigh about the nordic center BC access issues. Plus, the weather was bad, and the snow was also reported to be bad, so why not spend a day exploring.

I started off the usual way, going past the Biathlon Range and down to the Madely Creek Loop, and along that trail to the bridge over Beverley Creek. I crossed to the west side, then up an incomplete and ungroomed XC trail (Norweigan Woods, completed fall 2008). About 100m up this trail I headed right into the forest up a draw. This is the same route that I've used in the past, but this time I kept to the right immediately. Pretty soon was on the edge of the Beverley Canyon, and I followed the edge until there was a good place to traverse around the corner. This lead to an open area that I thought was the creek I was aiming for, but in fact it wasn't. Eventually I found the correct creek, which was just a little further over and headed up towards the Lake that sits on the middle of the ridge between Madeley Creek and Beverley Creek.

A bit before the lake there is another break in the steep wall on the west side, so I went through it to see where it went. This turned out to be a nice route going...

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