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Metal Dome amid blasting winds
Timestamp Free: 2018.11.19 - 11:14:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1290m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Dennis LaLonde, Dave Percival, Brian Sheffield, Ian McGillvary, Jim, Tracy
Difficulty: 3: Difficult route finding in steep trees.
A spectacular and steep ski ascent, starting on an old road, then steep forest to open meadows. Then up the glacier to the peak.
It had been several years since I'd been all the way up Metal Dome from the north. Betsy is planning a cabin ski trip later in the spring with Brian Sheffield and others, and so they wanted to use Metal Dome as a shakedown trip.

We met at the church at 6:00 which was pitch black, and drove in two cars to the Dogsled Parking Lot on the Callaghan valley road. I noted that the exact parking spot had changed since last time. Last time we used to park on the shoulder after the turnoff in order to leave room for the dogsled operator, but nowdays the dogsled trailhead is a bit further up the road, so you can now park in the small pullout. the pullout is big enough for about 10 cars, there were 7 cars when we came back down. As we got our skis on, you could hear the dogs howling in the distance.

As we got going, I noted that a green sign on a tree said "Edna Main", named after Edna Creek. After only a few minutes, we reached junction 02/78, where the main groomed dog route crosses the trail. Anyway, for the next hour or so we skied steadily up the standard route. And then Jct 02/79 where we stayed right (northwest). For the next hour, we just followed the road, going up and around the big switchback you see on the Gmap, till finally we were at the end of the road at 900m.

Now the challenging routefinding begins (see waypoints). We initially just continued west on the trajectory of the road. Soon we crossed "Togo Lakes Creek", the first little creek which flows north from the lakes at 50.113,-123.152. (Someday I'd like to explore a route that went directly up to those lakes and to the summit.

Anyway on the standard route, we soon hit the deep gulch of "Balto Creek". Both Togo and Balto were famous Siberian Husky sled dogs from the famous serum run to Nome...

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