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Attempt to Cimb Septimus in Winter
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 00:40:44
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Tom Roozendaal, Natalie Jones, Aaron Parrotta
Difficulty: 4: Steep snow slopes and gullies. Avalanche danger and terrain traps.
Attempted climb of Mt. Septimus in winter. Bedwell and Cream Lake route. Turned around due to poor snow conditions and warming temperatures. Good photos of the west aspect of Septimus in winter.
[photo]septimussouthwest.jpg[caption]Septimus from above Cream Lake. North Col centre of photo.[/photo]

Since 'Owning the Podium' was not exactly panning out for our fine Canadian athletes, we decided on trying to 'Own Mt. Septimus' for the weekend. The forcast was clear skies for the next 5 days so we decided to take advantage of the good weather. Our hopes were set on warm temperatures during the day and a good freeze at night which would help to consolidate the snow pack. There had been no new snow for 4-5 days. We arrived at the Bedwell trailhead after the long drive from Duncan through Campbell River and set out on the Bedwell Lake Trail at around noon. As we gained elevation the snow pack began to appear. We were instilled with hope as we needed to use crampons to safely navigate through the trees.

After a short unplanned side trip we crested onto Little Bedwell Lake. It was at this point that the snowpack showed it's true colours. Frequently we sunk past our knees in the granular 'spring' snow. Thinking this was a local anomoly we continued on, post holing until reaching Bedwell Lake. [photo]tomtaylor.jpg[caption]Mt. Tom Taylor from Bedwell Lake[/photo]

Due to the side trip mentioned earlier, our late start, and the quality of the snow, we started to doubt our arrival at Cream lake on this day. Leaving Bedwell behind we continued up, heading toward Cream Lake. As the sun sank below the horizon we set up camp about 750' above Bedwell. The views of Tom Taylor and towards Big Interior Mountain were spectacular in the fading light. [photo]sunset.jpg[caption]Sunset day 1[/photo]

The next day we started in crampons but switched to snowshoes in short order as the snow had not frozen the previous night. In fact, it seemed to become...

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