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Conroy to Clinker - Ski Trip up Conroy Creek to Clinker Peak
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.18 - 08:01:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1592m
Participants: Paul Kubik and companion
Difficulty: 2: Easy skiing.
Long day trip up Conroy Creek on skis to climb Clinker Peak.
On the Conroy Creek FSR, there is a large clearing about 500 metres in from the highway at the base of several established climbing walls. There were lots of bolts on routes glinting in the sun. I was only able to drive about 100 metres past the clearing where I got stopped by a large patch of snow. That was the point where the short trail to Fat Camp starts.

There were a couple more snow patches shortly beyond and then it would have been possible to drive to Km 2, which is just before the tank trap mentioned in Robin's 2004 road bulletin. I put my skis on at Km 2 and only had to take them off three or four times after that. Otherwise, every cross-ditch is filled in at present. The north fork of Conroy Creek was open near Km 6 but I was able to skirt it in the woods and cross on snow bridges. The next crossing was the south fork of Conroy Creek draining a couple of lakes. The bridge is pulled but a snow bridge was intact and probably for another week or so.

The key to this terrain is to stay in creek valleys. As soon as you head up any ridges you're screwed by the complex folds and ups and downs of lava flows.

Basically, I navigated by map and using the sun to establish south. This was quite easy because Conroy Creek is pretty much east-west in orientation. I just kept the sun on my right shoulder. Following the creek is not as easy as it seems. Some places it disappears and you have to use your intuition. I never use GPS for navigation but I suppose that's another albeit slower alternative.

I would say the route is in primo condition at the moment. It looks like the alder is not that large on the road and it certainly wouldn't stop you in summer but it would be annoying I suspect. Not sure how easy it would be to travel overland without snow. Again, I...

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