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Winter climb of Runner Peak from south col
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 07:25:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1100m
Participants: Serguei Okountsev, WeiWei Yin exposed hard snow up to 50 degrees
Climbed Runner Peak in perfect winter conditions.
After climbing Forks Peak I was pretty confident that winter climbing of the local North Shore peaks was done for the season, given very low elevations and our typical seasonal patterns. Yet I was surprised once again to see cold temperatures and clear skies in the forecast. Avalanche danger was low even in the alpine. So, suddenly, we had a good selection of peaks to climb, next (or within) the city of Vancouver: Harvey North Ramp, Spindle, Crown. Neither of us have climbed Runner Peak, but we were not sure if it was worth trying, two of us had a feeling that it would be as simple as walking Mt. Seymour tourist trail. (In the end, we were wrong, in a good way though. )

However, we decided to give it a try, thinking it would be a bit easier than North Ramp ( climbing partner had to work night shift, so would climb just right after work and go back to work right after - I still can't figure out how she does it). On Feb-1 we drove to Mt. Seymour parking, but seeing the winds blowing hard, decided to back off and go home. Next day (Feb-2) we returned. It was clear skies, calm and cold. The parking lot was icy which made us feel good.

We quickly reached the col Mt. Seymour - Tim Jones and started descending the tourist trail to Elsay, or whatever it was under the snow, which was hard so in places we had to front point (we put our crampons on right at the parking).

I had a GPS track shared with me a few years ago by a fellow hiker, it ended just below the summit some 50-100m, which gave me a vague hint to bring "just in case" a 30m 8mm rope and three snow pickets. Sure enough, when we reached the last point of the track, slightly above the Seymour - Runner col, the angle meter measured 45, and what was above looked steeper, some spots shining from the sun...

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