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Winter climb of Forks Peak from Hanes Valley
Timestamp Free: 2018.05.20 - 05:11:46
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1900m
Participants: Serguei Okountsev, Wei Wei Yin
Difficulty: 3: Snow up to 50 degrees
Winter climb in great conditions
I have eyed this gully and the peak on the left for a number of years, well before the peak got its name on Bivouac as Forks Peak. Seeing it from top of Crown, The Camel and Crown N1, always made me want to climb it one day.

Well, this day has finally arrived! [photo]32251066876_14321ddd571.jpg[caption]Our route as seen from Crown N1 (Godmother peak)[/photo]

With Arctic cold extending into January 2017 (Fraser river had ice flowing all across its width in New West!), two sunny cold days on the forecast, moderate avalanche danger and the partner available off work, we set off for a two-night back-country trip in Hanes Valley. Our climbing plan was still undecided, the rare conditions allowed to climb anything, and we had quite a selection of yet unclimbed peaks in the area - Perrault, Forks and Spindle. Classic Crown Couloir winter route also looked inviting, but we have already climbed it twice.

We took Skyride and then hiked to Little Goat where we set our camp. Next morning we were descending into Hanes Valley. Snow temperature was -10 degrees C, and there were no tracks. We still didn't know which peak we were going to climb. I was waiting for the "voice" or what they call "intuition" . It usually arrives and tells me exactly what to do, and most often it proves to be right. When we dropped about 100 m below the fork I got it - we should go climb Forks. [photo]31919557190_664240c6fb1.jpg[caption]Descending into Hanes Valley. Forks Peak at the right.[/photo]

We changed snowshoes to crampons at the base and then climbed 35 gully with 45 snow exit to the col.

I was thinking the gully was the steepest part and what was left was just "a walk on the ridge". I was wrong.

On the ridge the slope steepened. We carried a short rope, but didn't take it...

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