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Early Explorations east of Meager Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.21 - 11:32:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (4 days)     Elevation Gain: 3400m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Some bushwhacking and exposed scrambling
Early climbs of Uriah, Frozen Boot and possible first ascent of Two Doctors, all unnamed at that time.
On our recent hike of the Harrison Hut Trail I remembered my first exploration of this area. In 1979 I had scheduled long weekends about every second week and got used to do longer trips by myself.

Day 1
With a forecast for stable late summer weather I took Friday afternoon off work and after lunch drove to Meager Hotsprings. In those days there was not yet a bridge over Hotspring Creek, so I walked in the creekbed for over a km before climbing out to the south before the embankment and slopes became too steep and high. In the late afternoon I climbed the broad west ridge of Uriah to near 1500m and slept under the trees. I carried no tent on this trip, just my new Goretex bivi bag. Luckily I never had to use it in the rain, in those days Goretex was known as Leaktex. [photo]ov15.jpg[caption]The Distant Manatee group from above my bivouac[/photo]

Day 2
Early in the morning I climbed 600m in 2 hours. There was some unavoidable bushwhacking and cliff bands and the path of least resistance took me on a more diagonal route more to the SE. I then left my pack at a conspicuous, easy to find place and climbed Uriah Peak in 3 hours return. I didn't spend much time on top and had lunch at my pack with still great views to the south. [photo]ov12.jpg[caption]On the Summit Ridge of Uriah[/photo]

In the afternoon I traversed east until I could see that I was not likely to run into any cliffs when I descended vertically. In the valley west of Overseer I set up my bivouac for 2 nights beside a slightly overhanging boulder. It would not have kept me dry in any rain, but was a bit of a psychological shelter. Later I made an exploration to the snout of the glacier about 1km up the valley. It was one of those trips where I had failed to...

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