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Skiing to Triplepoint Peak north of Meslilloet
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.31 - 01:05:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Difficulty: 2: Some very steep terrain
Approach to Meslilloet from the north with side trip to Triplepoint Peak
This is Part 4 of an exploration of routes to Meslilloet Mountain. See Many Ways to Meslilloet

My original ski route from Pinecone Lake area would have taken several days. With the road network expanding rapidly I wondered how close one could get on a weekend. I followed the road along the eastside of the Mamquam River around the corner towards the end of the valley. I parked at the end of the plowed road and was able to start skiing right from the car. I stayed on the northside of the river, then after negotiating some bare spot and bush on steep southfacing slopes crossed over where the valley begins to narrow. Further up I began climbing a very steep open slope between clusters of mature alpine fir and hemlock towards the south. Unfortunately it had clouded over when I reached the ridge above the Boise Creek valley and began to snow. I set up my tent and had lunch inside, then lay down for a while for a siesta. Later when it stopped snowing I skied down into the valley and climbed a 5400' bump on the ridge towards Meslilloet Mountain. Beyond that the light became very flat and when I couldn't tell how steep some down and up was I soon turned around.

Sunday morning was not much better and I made a short trip to the peak to the west. My map showed 3 small bumps on the summit plateau and I skied to all of them, but in the flat light without distant views couldn't tell which was the highest. Later Robin identified this mountain as the regional triplepoint between Squamish, Indian and Pitt River and insisted that a triplepoint always had to be a peak. Thinking back of my climb I wondered whether on a plateau like that the triplepoint could be a lowpoint where three ridges come together. I felt it surely could be a fork on a ridge. Snowdome came to mind...

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