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Beating the Gate: Mount Nutt Bushwack Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2017.10.18 - 20:10:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants:
Mark Bondyra, Pardeep Longia, Fred Touche
Difficulty:
3: At times steep bush.
A bushwhack traverse of the two summits of Mount Nutt in Golden Ears Provincial Park.
We reached the Golden Ears Park gate way too early and settled down to wait for the park ranger to show up and let us through. He did show up ten minutes early at 7:50 am, and we didn't waste any time and drove through the gate even before it was completely open.

After getting packed up and ready, we hiked north along the well maintained east canyon trail, which parallels the east side of Gold Creek. After about 3 km, this trail reaches a high point before gradually dropping toward the creek bed. This is where we started our eastward and upward bushwhack. The first part was through never ending second growth forest. At some point we found ourselves arguing about what direction to go to connect with the southwest ridge of Mount Nutt. It turned out we were all pointing in essentially the same direction.

About a third of the way up, we encounter hard-packed icy snow, which was difficult to dig into without crampons. About two thirds of the way up, the snow softened and we strapped on snowshoes. A small knoll at the start of the sub-alpine offered great views of the [px]GoldenEars.jpg[c]Golden Ears Group[/px], and we were only 50 m below the summit. We hung around the [px]Summit.jpg[c]summit of Mount Nutt[/px] for quite some time, enjoying the sunshine and views, then headed southeast toward Nutt SE1.

After sliding down a surprisingly steep section, we reached the pass between the two summit. From here the summit of Nutt SE1 was an easy hike. As we snapped a few more pictures, the [px]Fog.jpg[c]fog[/px] started creeping upward at an alarming rate. We beelined toward a small lake to the southwest, intending to follow the gentle, curving southwest ridge of Nutt SE1. Unfortunately we aimed a bit too far west and ended up in some steep, gully infested...

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