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Skunked Again on Atwell
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.07 - 03:26:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1550m
Participants: Anne Vialettes, Christian Veenstra, Line Lund Veenstra, Jordan Best, Piotr Forysinski, Fred Touche
Difficulty: 4: Exposed climbing on steep snow
My fifth unsuccessful attempt to reach the top of Atwell Peak. The approach was via Brohm Ridge and involved climbing up and over the summit of Mount Garibaldi.
Trip Report: I occasionally run into people who think that I should try climbing Atwell Peak again. After four failed attempts along various routes, I had pretty well given up on that idea. This time Christian Veenstra, a VOC member, managed to convince me to give it one more shot. He was going to assemble a team and I was invited to come along.

Day 1
The difficulties started even before the hiking started. We had planned to shuttle people and gear up the logging road using Jordan's 4-wheel drive vehicle. Christian and Line who were in a car were going to force their vehicle up the road as high as possible and wait there. Meanwhile Jordan would drop the rest of us off as high as he could and then return to pick up Christian and Line. Unfortunately, Christian and Line took a wrong turn and went up the Brohm Crossover road instead of the Cheekeye road. These two roads eventually merge together near the abandoned [px]Gondola.jpg[c]gondola base[/px] at the 1130-m level.

It was easy for us to figure out that the car had taken the wrong turn since we never saw them on the way up. We continued up to the merge point where snow blocked further progress and also noticed that the upper part of the Crossover road was totally covered in snow. After dropping off all the gear, Jordan and Piotr drove down to see if they could find Christian and Line while I waited with Anne at the merge point. After a while, Christian and Line appeared on foot. They had managed to drive up the Crossover road to within 3 km of the merge point and decided to hike the rest of the way. Meanwhile Jordan and Piotr where nowhere to be seen.

Tired of waiting, Anne and Line decided to start skiing -- I joined them while Christian waited for Jordan and Piotr to show up. We leisurely...

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