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First Ascent of Nasokwen Mountain: Into The Forbidden Forest
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 08:09:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Slocan Ranges / Kokanee Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Jen Kyler, Vicki Hart, Doug Brown
Difficulty: 3: Class 2-3, moderate snow early in the season.
The first known ascent of Nasokwen Mountain.
I have a hate-hate relationship with Silverton Creek. And it is mutual. I've thrashed my way up the bush in that drainage more times than I care to remember. It is thick, it is wet (always), it is slippery, it is pointy, spiky and generally unpleasant. I swear, not love nor money could make me go back. But I've said that before. Several times. Like after climbing Titei. And after climbing Blacktail. And after climbing Long ... [photo]nasokwen_fromwest.jpg[caption]NW side of Nasokwen[/photo]

And finally, after not climbing Nasokwen. Which brings us to this story. In June of 2010, Sandra convinced me I was being a girly-man and the bush just wasn't that bad (fool me once, shame on you, fool me 3 times ...) and that going up Nasokwen was a great idea. So it was, that Sandra McGuinness, Jen Kyler, Micha Forestell, and I banged the truck up the remains of the Silverton Creek FSR, put on our Kevlar clothing, strapped on protective eyewear, ducked our heads, and entered into The Forbidden Forest. Several days later we emerged, bloodied and bruised, into the sub-alpine of the impressive cirque on the north side of Titei. We easily crossed over the crest of Wilfred Ridge, and gazed, downcast, at the turreted and corniced ridge running east to Nasokwen. We had more chance of spying a Bowtruckle than traversing that ridge in soft early-summer snow conditions. A short jaunt down the nearby SE-trending ridge triggered a class 2 wet slide, which we took as a reasonably unambiguous sign that continuing would be foolhardy. We begrudgingly accepted that would be facing the Hippogriffs on the way home without a summit to embolden us. Home we went. Never again would I risk life and limb in that ghastly forest.

Well, I hate not making the...

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