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Augerpoint Mountain via Jack's Trail
Timestamp Free: 2019.06.25 - 02:45:01
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1650m
Participants: Jarrod Gunn-McQuillan, Oliver (dog), Quiggsley (dog)
Difficulty: 3: The first four hours will make you sick of switchbacks as you gain close to 1400m in that time. Can be very strenuous with a full pack and a few narrow sections. Last 1 1/2 hours switchbacks up rock slide which can be slippery at times. Trekking poles were a great help in descending.
Failed summit of Augerpoint Mountain from Buttle Lake due to inclement weather. First solo trip (with two dogs) into the alpine.
I was excited all week for my first solo overnight trip into the alpine. As the weekend approached the call for rain grew stronger, but I would not allow that to stop my enthusiasm. I drove up Friday night and slept in the back of my truck by the trailhead. The trailhead is marked with a large blue arrow on the road. The arrow is not easy to see, however, it is about 1km north of the Augerpoint day use area. There are pullouts close by to park your vehicle. I found David Campbell's TR titled "Augerpoint from Buttle Lake" to be quite useful.

The first hour and a half you will wind your way through mature second growth on your way to an unnamed lake. The lake has a suitable area for a tent, however, the bugs were thick while I stopped. I would suggest grabbing some water if you are low as the next hour and half is more of the same. You will contour around a few rock outcrops and skirt a large boulder slide until you come upon a smaller scree slide. A discernable set of tight switchbacks snakes its way to the first plateau. As you begin to approach lush alpine lupin peaking there heads out from the scree you know you are close to the plateau. This pleasant plateau has a few tarns and plenty of spots to set up a tent or two. From here you are greeted with beautiful views on the west side of Buttle Lake and Marble Meadows as you ramble across some beautiful cross-country terrain. After about 45 minutes you come upon another set of tarns and some ideal camping locations. The weather was cloudy, foggy and misty so I decided to set up camp here and see if the weather would blow over. The fog would part only briefly to provide views of the surrounding mountains. I stayed put for the afternoon.

I woke up in the morning at around 6:30am and the weather was still quite dank....

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