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Bagpipe Peak from Indian River - Ski Ascent
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.21 - 12:29:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1470m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington
Difficulty: 3: Tricky route finding, fierce bush if off route. Steep skiing in forest. Final summit is steep step kicking.
Probably the best route up the long-desired summit of Bagpipe.
While working on fixing up road records, I came across a bunch of road bulletins that told me that Bivouac member Simon Chesterton was up to something in the Indian River road. And I started to think about perhaps approaching the legendary Bagpipe Peak from the east. The only know ascent was from the west. I have long wanted to climb Bagpipe, because it is one of the 8 "P500" summits in the Sky Pilot P1000 cell, and I want to climb them all.

So I had a secret plan. However, Betsy got back late Thursday, and wasn't initially too keen. We had a function to go to on Friday night, then slept in on Saturday till 9:00AM. But when we awoke, it was perfectly sunny, and we knew we'd be miserable unless we were out in the mountains. So she agreed.

We packed our stuff and left the house by 10:00 AM, drove up toward Squamish, turned off up the Mamquam Main, then up the Stawamus main. There was a sign at the bottom talking about heli-logging, with a phone number you were supposed to phone, but we figured it would be OK if we just went up. After all, it was the weekend. Because this was an information gathering trip, we punched the odometer to zero, then stopped at every branch road to take GPS readings and road photos.

The lower Stawamus Indian road was freshly graded. We crossed the two Stawamus river bridges. The second bridge had a cement deck. Immediately after the second bridge we saw the spur at km 3.5 (km 3.9 on our odometer) which goes back down the east side of Stawamus River. At km 4.7 on our odometer, we came to the landing for the heli-logging. There were huge piles of logs, and several large machines. At 6.6 km (600m, 1970') the road narrows. This is the end of recent grading. Up to this point, our speed had been over 20km/hour, often in 2nd gear. After the...

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