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Climbing Mount Samson from the South
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.26 - 05:54:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Bridge-Lillooet Divide / Sampson Group
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1957m
Participants: Steve Grant, Anita Miettunen, Robin Tivy, Helen Sovdat, Ann from Canmore
Difficulty: 3: Steep scrambling.
A climb of a seldom-visited and high peak in the Magic Kingdom.
Back in 1984 climbing Mt. Samson was high on the priority list of many local mountaineers. Robin Tivy and Klaus Haring had recently failed in their bid for Samson's summit, Sampson Attempt with Klaus and Robin instigated another attempt. Because of a very long drive with questionable weather, Klaus decided not to go. We took my 1979 Chev Impala station wagon and drove, in near-limousine comfrot, to about 4300' elevation on the logging roads on the south side of Zorah Peak.

The balance of the day was passed bushwhacking pretty well directly uphill to Zorah's southeast ridge. We bypassed Zorah by traversing its east-facing bowl, and set up camp near the pass beyond.

With a long day ahead of us, we got up early and followed the route as marked on the map. This meant losing some altitude here and there, but at least the overall distance wasn't great. We ascended Samson's steep south face, mostly kicking steps in the fresh October snow. This got us to Samson's lower west summit where we turned and made our way east across the ridge to the main summit.

We retraced our route to descend. Samson seemed a lot steeper on the way down, so much so that some of it was done facing into the slope. Back at the campsite, we packed up and headed back down to the car as dusk approached.
  [photo]8410Samson_01sm.jpg[caption]Robin, Anita, Helen and Ann at our campsite. Notable is my green Swedish Fjallraven tent.[/photo]
  [photo]8410Samson_02sm.jpg[caption]East from Samson[/photo]

  [photo]8410Samson_03sm.jpg[caption]In between the east and west summits of Samson, looking west at the west summit. Tracks behind Robin indicate we had come down from the west summit.[/photo]

  [photo]8410Samson_04sm.jpg[caption] Northeast from the main east...

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