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Complete South Powell Divide Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 12:29:17
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Powell Divide
Participants: Silke + Peter Gumplinger
Difficulty: 3: We brought, but never used, short rope and instep crampons. There is great potential that parties will encounter snow patches. Difficult route finding in places. Subject to whiteouts. No good maps. Hard to tell from 1:50k map or even 1:20K where difficult slabs must be crossed. Short class 3 climbing sections.
Complete Traverse of the South Powell Divide
The Powell Divide between Powell River drainage (Eldred River) and Jervis Inlet is the domain of longer trips for people from the Lower Mainland. It is a beautiful narrow divide with numerous tarns and incredible sweeps of granite. An area studded with alpine lakes, it is complex terrain and requires good route-finding skills. It also provides for some fantastic scrambling. The approach includes two ferry rides: Horseshoe Bay to Langdale and Earls Cove to Saltery Bay. We enjoy the patio of the Backeddy Pub in Egmont while waiting for the Earls Cove ferry. Once on the Upper Sunshine Coast we visit Powell River Outdoors on Marine Avenue in downtown Powell River and purchase an interesting recreation map. It proves to be very useful. Guides Breakwater Books nearby carries the local rock climbing guide to the extensive array of granite big walls in the Eldred Valley. These rival Yosemite and provide a virtually limitless supply of rock-climbing opportunity.
It is late afternoon when we drive the 2WD access via Goat Lake Main, Stillwater Main (closures 5am-6pm weekdays, signage is in miles) to Freda Lake Spur (end of S-Branch) where we stash our bikes. We use K200 as a shortcut to Dodd Lake. It is four wheel drivable with narrow brushed alder. Two hunters on an ATV meet us coming the other way at the only place where we can pass. We crash for the night right on a spur road above Windsor Lake, one of the lakes along the Powell Lake Canoe Circuit (Lois Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Dood Lake, Windsor Lake and Goat Lake Powel Lake).
Day 1 - Sunday, September 5th, 2010
We drive the far reaches of Goat Main, past B-Branch, and branch D400 to Dianne Lake. To here it is 2WD. Subsequently, we discover numerous brand new ditches and to our surprise meet a deactivation crew....
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