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Skiing Ring Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2019.03.18 - 10:04:13
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Very steep skiing on south slopes
A moderate weekend trip
The first time I tried to climb Ring Mountain was with an Alpine Club party. We approached from the upper Squamish River and camped below the peak. On Sunday it snowed with poor visibility and we only skied a bit in the subalpine to the south before returning early. [photo]img746.jpg[caption]Alexander Falls on Madeley Cr.[/photo]

Several years later after the exertions and stress of the The Great Tchaikazan - Lillooet Traverse Part 2: Failure
 I tried to think of a mellow weekend trip and Ring Mountain came to mind. On a brilliant spring morning I drove up the Callaghan valley and when I saw the sign for Alexander Falls I stopped briefly to check out that attraction. Then after the road began climbing out of the valley I soon came to the first snow patch where a small creek crossed the road. I tried to power my way through, but with my little Subaru hatchback I didnít get far and didnít want to risk getting hung up. In the past I sometimes had to waste a lot of time getting unstuck. So I began walking and after about 1km found enough snow to began skiing. Near Callaghan Lake the snow became quite deep. There I headed west into the forest, but soon found Callaghan Creek too big and difficult to cross, so made a wide detour over the ice around the outlet of Callaghan Lake. [photo]img748.jpg[caption]Looking up the South fork of Ring Cr.[/photo]

I then skied west through the mostly flat forest to the more open valley of Ring Creek. I found the creek flowing between high, often overhanging snow banks. At the first spot where it seemed easy to climb down I set up my tent in the early afternoon. Later when I went to get water I dropped my water bottle and it quickly bobbed away on the fast current. It seemed hopeless to try to run along...

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