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Mount Callaghan Climb
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.08 - 13:58:32
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1800m
Difficulty: 3: Mostly not too exposed scrambling, extensive route finding
3 hikes to Ring Lake with an early climb of Mount Callaghan and Hidden Peak

Continued from part 1 See Ring Lake Attempt July 2018

In 1979 I had made my first attempt on Mount Callaghan. At that time there was no trail and bridge at the lake. I crossed the creek near the outlet, then aimed for the SE ridge of the Mount Callaghan massive. Above treeline I dropped my backpack and scrambled to the easy 7495' east peak of the mountain, unnamed at that time, now Hidden Peak. Why Hidden? Its not hidden from anywhere you normally approach it. [photo]img003.jpg[caption]Cirque Lake from Hidden Pk.[/photo]

In the late afternoon I traversed mostly easy meadows above treeline to near Ring Lake, where I bivouacked in perfect summer weather. On Sunday morning I climbed Mount Callaghan from there. [photo]img020.jpg[caption]Squamish Ashlu divide with Amicus Pk. in center[/photo]

[photo]img025.jpg[caption]View North, Soo Glacier with Scarce Peak at left[/photo]

[photo]img017.jpg[caption]Ring Creek valley from Mount Callaghan[/photo]

While enjoying the grandiose panorama I noticed the large open meadows in the Ring Creek valley and decided to go back a lower route. I descended the south slopes of the valley and at Conflict Lake stopped for swimming. I then found a fairly straight way back to Callaghan Lake and made it to the car early enough to make it home by 8pm. [photo]img028.jpg[caption]Bathing in Conflict Lake, Gendarme and Trooper in background.[/photo]

Continued Part 3 See [Trip8710-Callaghan Lake to Ring Lake Loop...

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