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A Southwest Approach To Tulameen Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.29 - 19:19:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Bedded Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Simon Chesterton, Justin Brown
Difficulty: 2: NTD
A mild bushwack and semi-open ridge lead to the alpine southwest of the peak which is a class 2 scramble.
Justin Brown has been up this mountain twice and has some great pictures of the area on this website. He'd never done it from this direction and was happy to join me for my first attempt. We didn't start hiking until noon as the weather of late seems to clear up later in the day.

The Sowaqua Creek FSR is in good shape and we followed it to just before the crossing of Montigny Creek. A good aspect of our proposed route was seen from there and we decided to head up a short spur road that is about half a km before the creek.
  [photo]road.JPG[caption]We'll be following the treed ridge centre right of shot[/photo]

A quick walk through the cutblock got us into the forest and it was mostly easy going as we ascended. We cut a game trail and followed that for a while, but it was going more northwest than northeast, so we left it. Some bluffs further up were easily negotiated and as the terrain opened up we discovered an abundance of wild strawberry plants. Unfortunately, they were in the flowering stage. The ridge becomes more distinct and open as we rise and route finding is now easy. After taking a break with a nice view southwards we continue up to around the 1750m el. level and cross a creek.

Rising a little more we are soon in the alpine and start to side-hill towards the south side of Tulameen's west peak. [photo]traverse.JPG[caption]Justin on the traverse with Outram, Manson, Hatfield and MacLeod rising above the Sowaqua Creek Valley[/photo]

Cresting a rise we get our first view of Tulameen Mountain and our route to the summit. From here we will traverse the southeast slopes of the west peak and then head up the southwest ridge of the summit. [photo]southwest.JPG[caption]Tulameen - southwest and southeast ridges[/photo]

Picking up the southwest...

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