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Marriott Basin - Academy to Rancherie Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 12:55:16
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range West
  (2 days)
Participants: Be Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Mostly walking, some hands, a couple of somewhat exposed ledge walks with good holds.
Glorious two and 1/2 day ramble, with lake and tarn swimming. We turned back on the hard pitch near summit of Rancherie.
If you look at the map, you see a high alpine ridge extending all the way from Marriott Peak to Rohr, and around the north side of Duffey lake. To the north is the Spruce Creek and Haylmore drainage, and to the south is the Marriott basin and then Cayoosh Creek. This report describes a traverse along part of that ridge from Academy to Rancherie. I had been initially concerned that there might not be enough water on the long ridge crest, but there was lots of snow all along the route.

It was hot all week, and forecasted hotter for the weekend, so we planned a trip where there would be some lakes or tarns for swimming. Our original idea was to make a loop, up to the Rohr-Rancherie col then over Rancherie, Oblate, and Wishbone, then down to the Wishbone-Academy col and from there, drop down to the Wendy Thompson hut and hike out the trail. But upon study of the positions of lakes, we decided to do it in reverse, and start at the north end.

We set out from Vancouver on Friday afternoon at about 4:00 PM. Our plan was to go for a swim at Brohm Lake then camp somewhere up by Pemberton, and thus get an early start on the trail. The traffic through downtown Vancouver and over the bridge was horrendous as we expected, almost grid lock. But an hour later we were rolling up highway 99 and arrived at my favorite swimming lake at Brohm Lake Recreation Site. The parking lot was packed, but since it was 6:00PM there was a certain turnover and so we soon got a spot. We swam up and down the edge of the lake, then headed north. We cooked dinner at the rec site at Brandywine Falls, then proceeded north checking out various camping possibilities. The campground at Nairn Falls Campground was full as I think it always is in summer. So we proceeded north through...

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