In 1995 I put Dickson Peak on the ACC climbing schedule for the July 1st long weekend with an option for a 6 day loop hike through the South Chilcotin afterwards. I got a small strong party but only Shu was interested in the extension. The weekend before my old Subaru hatchback had broken down on the Black Tusk microwave road and I had to leave it at a garage at Whistler Function Junction. So Saturday morning Warren Bell drove me up there to pick it up. We then continued over Railroad Pass to the Gun Creek trailhead at Jewel Bridge. After lunch we left the cars parked there and walked up the Slim Creek FSR a few 100m to look for the Roxey Cr. road that was not recommended for ordinary cars already then. [photo]img595.jpg[caption]The ford[/photo]
At the first ford half way up the road the water was quite deep and fast. Shu left his long underwear on in the hope that would be warmer. In my experience when I once forded a glacier stream in thick socks the cold water got through the wool instantly and afterwards the socks stayed icy and I could not rip them off fast enough. Shu did not have this option. [photo]img596.jpg[caption]Camp[/photo]
We reached a nice camp site at about 1800m on the west side in the open valley above the 2nd ford in about 2 hours, less than half the time of this years trip. [photo]img597.jpg[caption]An unpromising start[/photo]
Sunday morning we had a late start because of rain and left camp in still very gloomy conditions. We reached the summit in 3 hours in improving weather. The South Chilcotin with Spruce Lake was sprinkled in sunlight, but the higher peaks to the South and West were mostly hidden in clouds.
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