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Charlotte Alplands Basecamp Hiking Trip
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.13 - 08:48:43
Ranges: Charlotte Uplands
  (6 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Participants: Roger Griffiths, Geoff Relph, Neil Worboys, Ed Hollington, Mark Leffler
Difficulty: 3: Medium difficulty, some scrambling up loose ridges
Base camp set up between two lakes. Day hikes taken each day.
DAY 1, Monday July 16th
 After driving from Vancouver to Williams Lake the previous day we continued our drive west on highway 20 to just before Tatla Lake. We turned south on a gravel road to Bluff Lake, the base for White Saddle Helicopters. We barely had time to sort gear before we had to fly, it would take two trips to get the five of us & gear into our base camp which was located about 4.5 km north of Bussels Peak. From there we would do day hikes in the area.

DAY 2, Tuesday July 17th - Bussel NE4 and south edge of Alplands
 We woke to a mix of sun & cloud & quite warm temperature, so the bugs were out early. Our route took us past several lakes as we hiked southeast towards Bussel NE4. From the "mound" that is Bussel NE4 we turned south to the edge of the Alplands. Below us Bussel Creek flowed east & to the south we could see Mt. Waddington. From there we headed northwest to make our way back to camp.

DAY 3, Wednesday July 18th - Bussel Peak
 It was once again quite a warm day, so we were glad to be gaining some elevation away from the bugs. Bussel laid to the south of our camp so we worked our way past small tarns & across snow & up a snow slope to a col just east & below Bussel Peak. Lunch & then a scramble up the ridge to the long summit ridge. Terrific views of the Coast Range. We continued west along the summit ridge descending on the north side on snow & continuing north to Bussel NW1. An easy ascent up snow & rocks & from the summit we could see our camp far below. The return to camp retraced part of our route up.

DAY 4, Thursday July 19th - McClinchy Attempt
 Our plan was to climb Mount McClinchy located about 8 km northeast of our camp & formed one side of McClinchy Lake. From camp we headed east & wound our way around pretty lakes &...

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