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Fat Dog Peak on Snowshoes (Manning Park)
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 17:31:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 786m
Participants: Bob W, Tim R and Simon C
Difficulty: 3: Bushy to start and a bluff to get past around 1800m elevation.
Hike/snowshoe from the highway up the southern side of the peak. Note that GPS waypoints are an approximation of the route taken. 6 hours total trip time including a long summit stay.
On separate occasions Tim, Bob and myself had looked at this formally unnamed peak from various other mountains within Manning Park. At a height of 2046m and with over 300m of prominence it stood out somewhat. When some friends booked a weekend stay at the Manning Lodge I took a closer look as I'd done near everything else in the area and something new is always good.

With Tim and Bob on board we came up with a few different approaches, one being from the Fat Dog Trail (northern approach) and a couple of others from the southern side direct from the highway. Meeting at the works yard at Allison Pass we continued eastward a short while and parked on the east side of the 2nd of 2 closely spaced bridges that span the Similkameen River.

-12 C as we got ready and snowshoes were not needed for the first part as we left the road and dropped down slightly to a boggy area which featured some bush and blowdown to work through (along with some chilly snow down our necks) for a while until the grade increased and we ascended mostly open forest for the next while. As we all hadn't hiked together in over a year we paused frequently to chat and catch up on things.

Going in a roughly northeast direction we reached the edge of a broad gully where a ridge above us featured some open terrain. The snow was deep enough now so we took a break and put on the snowshoes. The sun was on us and things were warming up nicely due to a temperature inversion. A ways ahead we could see some bluffs that might require a detour but travel for now was straightforward so we'd see how things were once there. [photo]fat1.JPG[caption]Looking up the ridge.[/photo]

On spring like snow we continued up the ridge enjoying the sun and getting a few views. Further up there was more younger forest that...

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