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Attempt on Puma Peak via Beverley Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.07 - 14:32:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1100m
Participants: Steve Grant, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Tricky route finding, not excessive avalanche danger but steep bluffs, sometimes requiring boot kicking.
A good destination for later February and March.
The main purpose of this report is access description. How to access the backcountry north of the Whistler Olympic Park. This area has once again become useable by backcountry skiers, since snowmobiles are now prohibited. And it needs detailed exploration!! Scott Nelson and party had already posted two exploratory trips in this area, so I thought I better go and investigate myself.

I started by studying the geography of the area. The first thing is to find Beverley Creek. It is not labelled on the 1:50,000 map, but is the east branch of Madeley Creek. It climbs up to a narrow pass (now called Beverley Pass in Bivouac) which is the low point between Rainbow Mountain and Callaghan. Between Beverley Pass and Callaghan Lake lies a complex of unlabelled peaks above treeline. The highest of these four peaks is the one about 2 km north of Beverley Pass, with a small snowfield shown on its northwest slope, now assigned the name "Puma Peak".

Next job was to figure out the prominence of this peak, so we would know how glorious the peak would be. Initially I thought that Puma peak "went" to Rainbow, with the key saddle being Beverley Pass. This would give it a prominence of over 600m. But that turned out to be wrong, because the saddle connecting Puma to Callaghan is higher. Thus the key saddle of Puma is the broad forested saddle just 1.5 km north of Callaghan Lake, at 50:12:50-120:10:34 at about 4550'. In any event, Puma is a "P500" peak, and therefore I decided it was worth a certain amount of thrashing in the deep woods.

So we set off - there's only so much time you can spend preparing these trips. (Only when I got back did I quickly import both GPX files from Scott's exploration into my 1:50,000 map package. Time to catch up with the 20th century.

We met Steve...

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