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Warden Peak on Short Notice
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.14 - 23:29:15
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1030m
Participants: Len Zedel and John Robertson
Difficulty: 5: Low class 5, some steep snow, and thrilling exposure
A successful day climb of Warden Peak in spite of rushed preparations and some missing equipment.
[photo]View_of_warden.jpg[caption]View of Warden Peak from southwest. Our route is marked in red.[/photo]

John and I had attempted a climb of Warden Peak way back in 1980 (see Warden Peak, West Ridge). We had not made it to the top on that earlier attempt; we had no route guide and could not find a suitable route to the top. And in either case, we lacked the technical skills to climb the final sections; we were way over our heads as it was. So, in a sense, John and I felt that Warden Peak owed us something and we had identified it as a destination if and when we could find a time.

These days finding a time slot to go climbing is not so easy, John's got a couple of young kids and I live in St. John's NL. So, we have to take the opportunities when we can. One such opportunity presented itself when I had a conference to attend in Whistler. I warned Liz that I'd be taking some extra time to visit my parents and sneak a climb in with John, John started working the angles to free up a few days to match. Oh yes, I also took my 12 year old daughter Alida with me and before the conference we spent 3 days climbing in Squamish (but I'm not sure that warrants a Bivouac write up) but apropos the present report, that did further complicated timing. For me and John, the plan was to connect after the conference for a Thursday-Sunday type of outing.

But life never deals the cards straight up. The first hint of complications came as I was driving back toward Vancouver on Wednesday when my brother called me to tell me our father had ended up in the hospital. So, immediately that situation took priority throwing any climbing plans out the window. My father's journey into and ultimately out of the hospital is a bit of a story in itself. But we can pick up the thread...

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