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Hypothermic Bivouac on Osprey Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2017.12.11 - 04:23:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2150m
Participants: Fred Touche
Difficulty: 3: Steep bush, route finding, easy scrambling.
An ascent of Osprey Mountain and Osprey SW1 with a kayak approach.
Kayak Approach
In early morning, I reach the Grant Narrows boat launch near the south end of Pitt Lake. An attempt to transmit my coordinates fails as the borrowed rescue transmitter doesn't work at all. I suspect that the batteries are dead, but who needs a rescue transmitter.

I launch the [px]Kayak.jpg[c]kayak[/px] and paddle north along the west side of the lake. The wind and waves are diagonally into my face and I'm surprised to encounter small whitecaps. After about an hour and a half, I pull ashore for a break at at a lone cabin located in between Dark Creek and Defrauder Creek.

The rudder cable breaks loose shortly after resuming the paddle, but who needs a rudder. Sitting in the kayak feels like economy class syndrome -- I'm getting cramps and looking forward to the ensuing bushwhack. Groggy power boaters are getting out of their tents as I reach the Osprey Creek campsite. Luckily they don't notice me fall into the water as I exit the kayak.

Steep Bush
I hike along an overgrown logging road that initially goes east, but then veers north, paralleling Pitt Lake, and then eventually disappears into the Gurney Creek drainage. After following this road for less than 2 km, I head northeast, diagonally up through gentle forest. As the bush gets steep, I see a rock band to my right so I go left, but then run into another [px]Cliff.jpg[c]rock band to my left[/px] which I circumvent by going right.

There is a [px]CreekBed.jpg[c]small creek bed[/px] near the base of the second rock band. I cross over to the south bank of the creek, then bushwhack up a prolonged section of steep but relatively open forest. Soaked in sweat, [px]Bush.jpg[c]I continue upward[/px], wondering when the bush will end as the alpine on the other side of the lake...

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