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The Beer Can route on Mount Strachan
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.10 - 19:05:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)
Participants: 2
Difficulty: 1: Easy with routefinding.
A pleasant route to or from Mount Strachan.
A popular trip in the Cypress Bowl Provincial park has been to climb Mt Strachen or to the top of the Sky Chair on the traditional Strachen trail up from wet meadows past the memorial and wreckage of a plane. Another route cuts off east from the Howe Sound Crest trail to climb steeply up to the col just west of the peak. Having done these routes many times, often as a traverse, I have wished that there was a more aesthetic descent off of Strachen Ridge that avoided the ski area, and was easier on the knees. There is. Tim Ryan and I checked out a route that descends west from the top of the Sky Chair staying just south of the steepish and craggy north face of the ridge.

On the next weekend we used the same route to approach Strachen. The uphill route begins by turning east at the big sign board as the Howe Sound Crest Trail leaves the ski area. We climbed up keeping south of steep slopes. A huge exposed tree root is passed by, Tim's son has used this as a jump descending the ridge on skis in winter. The route levels out for a bit and then resumes climbing following the route of least resistance to pleasant sub-alpine meadows, always keeping south of steep forest and cliffs. We wandered past a shallow lake and followed meadows to a big flat rock with views that is a good spot to rest. Following the edge of the drop to the north we scrambled up some steep rock to the crest of the ridge near the Sky Chair. This 3rd class move can be turned to the south up a draw, and we bore left at the cliffy bit when descending this way.

We came across lots of beer cans, liquor bottles, an odd ski pole, , a glove and a 2014 ski pass. This must be a prime party spot for rope jumpers in the spring, hence the name of the...

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