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Rugged day, Rugged Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.09 - 17:06:52
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges / Haihte Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1700m
Participants: Len Zedel, John Robertson
Difficulty: 5: Escape from the glacier to the rock is an evolving and variable challenge.
A long, one day trip to the top of Rugged mountain using the Nathan Creek (N20) approach.
I was fortunate enough to have a conference scheduled in Vancouver in mid-August which presented an opportunity to fit a coast mountains hike into my holiday schedule. I had in fact been scheming up various possible adventures in collaboration with my friend John for several months. John's movements were constrained by the arrival of twins some 6 months earlier so we speculated on possible one day,two day or long weekend scenarios. In fact, right up until the moment John picked me up at the Departure Bay ferry terminal, we had not yet settled on an objective. Our fallback goal had been Warden peak chosen for access, personal history and option potential with Victoria Peak just beside.

In the end, John's wife allowed us an extravagant 4 day window. Dizzy with this previously unimagined time opportunity, our minds drifted to a re-visit of Rugged mountain from which we had been rained and snowed off of a year earlier. This year, after a week of unsettled weather, forecasts promised clear skies: it couldn't get much better than that.

The plan gelled as we drove Northward up the island, if we were lucky and could do Rugged mountain in a day, then, we would possibly be able to do some other climb in the area (Wapiti, if not Warden Peak on the way back down island). So, greedy for opportunity, we planned a one day ascent of Rugged mountain.

We expedited our travel schedule by eating drive through "junk" in Campbell River and thereby arrived at the base of the N20 spur at around 20:00, just as it was getting dark. The trail does not see a lot of activity because the rocks and wood block that we had used a year previous to level the camper were still set out ready for us to use. We hurriedly parked the camper, set out gear debating what we would reasonably need, John...

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