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Climbing Mount Gillespie from the West
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.16 - 03:21:23
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some exposed scrambling
A climb of Acorn, November Peak and Mount Gillespie
This was part 2 of an exploration of routes to Meslilloet Mountain. See Many Ways to Meslilloet

A week of perfect fall weather followed and the next weekend I went to explore the start of my originally planned ski route. Of course there would not be enough snow and I didn't take my skis. It was mostly to check how much snow had melted in a few sunny days. South of the Pinecone Lake area I found a new spur road going up part of my ridge into mature forest. I parked near the end and began hiking straight up. I had had a late start and in early afternoon made camp in one of the first clearings between the first snow patches west of Acorn Peak. Later in the afternoon I hiked to this summit. [photo]img069.jpg[caption]Meslilloet Mountain from Acorn Pk. in the afternoon.[/photo]

[photo]img070.jpg[caption]The view from November Pk. in the morning[/photo]

Sunday morning I hiked further east to November Peak and continued down to the east. [photo]img072.jpg[caption]November Lake from near saddle east of the peak[/photo]

From the low saddle I followed easy ledges horizontally across a steep slope of rock bands into the bowl west of Mount Gillespie. I then ascended that and the NW ridge to the summit. [photo]img073.jpg[caption]View towards the Misty Icefields with the glacier below that is not shown on the map.[/photo]

I got there early enough to enjoy the views in all directions before returning to the ledges for a long sun bathing lunch break. [photo]img078.jpg[caption]Lunch rest with Mount Gillespie...

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