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Hidden Peak Part 2: The Summit
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.14 - 23:19:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Duncan Ranges / Albert Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Craig Hartmetz(Volunteer leader), Chrystal Como, Aloke Surin, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Steep scrambling near the summit
A reconnaissance and climb of Hidden Peak.
Continued from Hidden Peak Part 1: Climbing Bavarian [photo]P1070149.JPG[caption]View of the direct route from east of camp. The bridge is below the red rock at lower left.[/photo]

After the terrifying first attempt I wanted to explore the direct route. Wednesday I made a rest day and headed that way. We were allowed to go off on our own near camp as long as we told the staff. Dave, the camp manager gave me a radio and told me to call in at the 2 hourly schedule but warned me that the boulders were car size. I took it easy and watched the scheduled Hidden Peak party leave shortly after 8am, then set out at quarter to nine.

My imagined route worked like a charm. Well, at the start there was some slightly slippery sidehilling, but no danger. Then there was a little creek that flowed all over the place, but could be crossed in many places an level ledges. Beyond that there was a slabby section of some metamorphosed rock that was heavily weathered so that the narrow bands formed sharp little ridges, very grippy, but not necessary because of the low angle. Some bands of this rock led partway through a rockslide. Then I came to a large bowl with a few low moraine ridges that were easy to cross, with gravel and meadows between. I made a few small cairns for the easiest way back. Beyond that a narrow band of meadow led up between the boulders and the forest. Part way up I looked back and could not see the camp. I was in a hidden bowl! Which raised the question how would I get to the rockslide I saw from camp.

However that was easy. Near the top a creek came out of dense bushes which I bypassed on easy boulders. Then I found an opening that led back to the creek that I followed through a few trees to a meadow below the upper rockslide. There was a similar...

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