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Rosseau Circumnavigation: Flower Ridge to Cream Lake
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 11:03:26
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 2200m
Participants: Dave Campbell, Kathleen and Jeff Ward
Difficulty: 3: Mostly backpacking with some routefinding. One crux downclimb to get onto the north slopes of the Misthorn, and ice axe work around Rosseau to Cream Lake
An ACC-Vancouver Island trip around the Septimus-Rosseau massif from Flower Ridge to Cream Lake and out Bedwell Lake.
The origins of this trip first came from the "Top 10" lists in Phil Stone's Island Alpine guide. He recommends the Rosseau circumnavigation as being one of the top 10 backpacks or ski touring trips on the Island. In 2007 a club trip was posted from Cream Lake over to Flower Ridge, and I was pretty excited about checking it out. Unfortunately, bad weather and a road washout meant the trip didn't go ahead, but the seed was planted.

I had done a loop from Henshaw Creek Headwaters Traverse, and had seen the Rosseau-Septimus from Nine Peaks from Big Interior to Nine Peaks- A Spring Ski when I was up there earlier this year.

I decided to post a club trip for a summer traverse from Cream Lake to Flower Ridge, and then reversed the direction to try to take advantage of ending at either Price Creek or Bedwell Lake as being a way to hitch, bike or walk back to the cars at the end of the trip.

The usual ten people signed up for the trip, and by the time we left we were down to myself and two others. We headed off early Friday morning and were on the move up the Flower Ridge Trail at about 11:00.

We had fantastic weather as we made our way up to the top of the ridge. Once up top we had great views up along Buttle Lake and south towards Mount Septimus, Rosseau, Nine Peaks, and Big Interior. We also had good views over to the traverse from last year over Shepherd Ridge . We called it a day at about 6 at a set of tarns along the ridge as the weather began to cloud in, and we finished dinner just as it began to shower. [photo]flowerridge.jpg[caption]Looking along Flower Ridge with Rosseau-Septimus on the left, Nine Peaks in the middle, and Big Interior Mountain to the right[/photo]

In the morning it was still...

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