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Puma S1 Spring Ski Ascent
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 20:16:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1090m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Klaus Haring, Zoran Vasic, Steve Grant
Difficulty: 3: Deep mush on the marvellous ramps, some steep gulleys, minimal avalanche danger, GPS useful for route finding
Another visit to Puma S1 via the marvellous ramps
With the first promised sunshine of April, we decided to attempt Puma S1, the south peak of Puma peak. This is a substantial elevation gain from 800m to 1890m. Navigating through downtown Vancouver was a challenge, with many roads closed due to the Sun Run. But finally we reached the car pool at the church, and all 5 proceeded north in Steve's Ford Escape Hybrid. (Which burns about 7 liters/100km). That works out to a per person consumption of only 1.5L/100km.

We arrived at the hairpin at the end of Callaghan Valley Road. Since both cross country areas were closed, there was a gate preventing getting to the Callaghan Country parking, and also the main WOP was gated. So we parked on the wide shoulder right at the turnoff to the Callaghan valley road.

The first leg of the route to the Beverly Creek road and Puma is to ski up a short stretch of plowed road, bare in spring as far as the filtration plant. I'll call this the Filtration plant road.

[photo]01.jpg[caption]Road just north of where we parked. Filtration plant in distance. Peak on horizon is Puma S1[/photo]
 Once you reach the filtration plant, we continued past it, bearing east. go up the East Madeley Route which is a x-country ski track. (It is the lower track you come down onto if you had started from the Biathalon parking lot.) You follow the East Madeley route till it swings west and crosses the bridge over Beverly creek. Right after the bridge, we turned north onto [roadx-5193-Beverley Creek Winter trail]. This trail is well marked with orange markers, and very soon you arrive at the giant map-sign in the woods which shows Puma South Peak, and various other trails.

[photo]02.jpg[caption]Skiing up the X-Country trail[/photo]

Leaving the sign, we were going at a good...

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