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Icecap Peak/ Ashlu Elaho divide area approach from the North
Timestamp Free: 2019.01.18 - 06:03:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Ashlu-Elaho Divide
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1600m
Participants: Solo
Difficulty: 3: The bushwack is no worse than that through the forest to get to Darling Lake near Mamquam. You need to like the typical BC forest approach with no trail.
An exploratory trip to find a viable ski route onto the Ashlu Elaho divide from the top of Elaho E200.
An alternative route to the Ashlu Elaho divide which will work in early and late season. Normal (apparently rarely used) approaches from the North are up Carol Creek/Shadow creek/ Limelight Creek when the snow is in at low elevations.

See raw GPX file for my exact track. The uptrack was a better route than the down. This was my second attempt at this area. The first time we started a km to the climbers right at the very top of E200, that route was steep and rough. The route this time worked well and with some refinement around cliff bands and creeks I think it will be a very viable route assuming the road stays in reasonable shape.

The basic route was to start into the forest at the end of the small East branch of E200, which branches off before the last switch back. There is a cliff band but if one keeps to climbers left for about 50 to 100m there is a break in the cliff and a boulder field. After this head straight up heading SW until the ridge which overlooks the glaciers below Icecap and Amicus.

[photo]1DSC03143.JPG[caption]Start at a clear cut at the end of the small East branch near the end of E200[/photo]

[photo]2DSC03149.JPG[caption]Sub Alpine at around 1650 m[/photo]

[photo]3DSC03161.JPG[caption]Lake at the head of Carol Creek[/photo]

[photo]4DSC03177.JPG[caption]Looking across at Garibali/ Atwell[/photo]

[photo]1DSC03200.JPG[caption]Icecap and Amicus and my ski poles for the day[/photo]

[photo]5DSC03194.JPG[caption]Icecap and Amicus, Icecap is the lower looking peak to left of...

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