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Mid-summer ski ascent of Mount Seymour
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.16 - 07:25:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington
Difficulty: 3: Just before the final peak, there is a steep traverse across a snow slope to get down to the col, where you would not want to slip.
In a normal year, by mid-July, Mount Seymour would be a hiking trip. But this year, its still a good ski trip.
Our original plan was to go to Seymour with hiking boots, but at the last minute we also threw in our skis just in case. Although skiing seemed improbable in mid-summer weather, there had been lots of reports in Bivouac of people still doing ski trips, so we didn't want to take any chances. Sure enough, when we got to the Seymour parking lot, it was obvious that skis were the way to go, so we left our hiking boots in the car, and put on skis. Continuous snow started right at the end of the parking lot, and from then on, I only took my skis off on steep slopes, all the way to the summit. [photo]NearBottom0275.jpg[caption]Snow Cover on lower runs, near parking lot[/photo]

For the first section there were patches of open grass on the downhill runs, but always a continuous snow path. By the time we got half way up the run, there was no more bare ground visible. The meadows are still under lots of snow. [photo]BeforeSecondPeak0269.jpg[caption]Meadows in July[/photo]

We skied the normal route past Brockton Point then down the little drop past Mystery Peak. We were then looking at the south rock face of Pump Peak, (First Peak), which was bare with no snow. However, the gulley just to the west of the peak had continuous snow to the summit, so we took that route. Once over the shoulder of Pump Peak, we dropped a bit, then skied up around the west side of Second Peak. As you may know, to get to the final peak of Mount Seymour, you go over the west shoulder of Second peak, then look for a way down to the col between second peak and the final. There are two routes down to the col (1) the summer route which traverses across the steep snow slope on the north side of Second peak or (2) the lower route, which drops down steep slopes into the gulley further west and then...

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