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Porcupine Traverse - Daynor Creek to Sumallo Grove
Timestamp Free: 2017.11.20 - 09:24:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (2 days)
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Steve Grant, Greg Stoltmann, (Klaus Haring)
Difficulty: 3: Easy bushwacking. Low gaiters are useful to keep your boots tied. One sharp exposed downclimb of about 5 meters half way along, but good tree holds. We took ice axes in case of hard snow, but they were never used. Hiking poles are really useful.
A repeat of a wonderful and obscure trip in Manning Park putting together two previously done trips. You'll meet no-one on the Porcupine traverse, but we met one other party on the Silverdaisy trail.
In 2008 we had done Silverdaisy and Claimstake Peak from Sumallo Grove and then in 2011 we did Porcupine to Smitheram Creek - Hiking Traverse which took us to the same Silverdaisy area, but we had descended via the Smitheram creek road.

For the 2017 adventure, we decided to put the two trips together, and go all the way from Porcupine Peak, through Silverdaisy pass, and then down the Silverdaisy trail to Sumallo grove. You can see the whole route on GMap.

Our plan was to leave Steve's car at the top end, at Daynor Creek, and then hitchike back at the end of the trip, as I had done before. I also invited Klaus Haring who didn't want to do the traverse, but said he might hike up the Silverdaisy trail on Sunday and meet us somewhere. Of course, I thought that would be splendid - not only would I see Klaus, but also he could give Steve a ride back to get his car. More on that later.

Day 1 - Daynor Creek to Porcupine
We started from Vancouver at 7:00 AM and drove through Hope and up Highway 3. After we passed Sumallo Grove, it is 19 kilometers to Daynor creek, where we would start the trip. The 19 km seemed to go on forever. I was somewhat aprehensive about how long it might take if I ever had to walk that at the end of our trip. Eventually we arrived at Daynor creek, and parked just south of the creek in a small pullout. This pullout would be easy to miss at highway speed.

The first part of the hike is up a steep bank to get onto the toe of the ridge. Someone had flagged and cleared a route up. Once above the initial steep part, we were strolling up more level terrain. The ribbons marking a route continued.. We were traveling fast, and I was wondering what we'd do if we got to our campspot just south of the Porcupine summit too...

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