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North Glacier Route - Mount Septimus
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 01:29:04
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
(2 days) Elevation Gain: 1600m
Participants: Henrik Hinkkala Dan Mckean
Difficulty: 3: Rated as "AI2, 800m (III)," From Island Alpine by Philip Stone.
A successful weekend out in marginal weather up the north gully route on Mount Septimus.
With another enticing weekend approaching i had confirmed plans with Dan to give a go at Mount Septimus, even though the outlook for the weather forecast was grim. We had made plans to climb one of the Western Buttresses to the summit rated 5.7. So came another Friday where we hurriedly drove up island and into the heart of Srathcona Park. We parked near the trail head, but not at the parking lot since a washout had eliminated a portion of the road a few hundred meters back. We then slept in the truck.
We woke up the next morning early and began to get dressed. That is when i noticed a small malfunction with the clothing system. I had inadvertently only brought the bottom portion of my hiking pants, the leg zips!!! I was a little choked at myself and had to re-evaluate the situation. Fortunately i brought tape and attached the leggings to my, practically see through, running shorts i had worn for the drive. Since Dan offered to lend me his long johns for extra warmth we were good to go, crisis averted!
So we were off cruising the trail. The trail to Bedwall Lake is non descriptive but long in itself. Once we got past Bedwall we began to gain more elevation and into the snow line.
[photo]Bedwalllake.jpg[caption]Dan enjoying the amenities of Bedwall Lake[/photo]
This particular year had an incredible amount of snow leftover from the winter. Shortly after the lake we lost the trail for a good 15 minutes. Since I hadn't been here before and Dan had only been in the area once we weren't exactly sure on the location of the trail buried under the deep snow pack. Interestingly at the moment we stopped to re-assess the trail on the ground right in front of our feet, no joke, was a zip-lock full of topographical maps for the entire region!!! So with a...
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