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Skiing to Meslilloet Mountain from the North
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 22:02:04
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Klaus Haring, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Some very exposed scrambling, steep skiing
A complex route, steep snow may make some sections more dangerous
This is Part 6 of an exploration of routes to Meslilloet Mountain. See Many Ways to Meslilloet

For the Victoria day weekend I recruited Robin to try Meslilloet Mountain again. We found the valley bottom free of snow and drove up the spur towards the Boise Creek TH. The road was badly ditched and I scraped bottom frequently with my little Subaru hatchback. We may even have had to do some roadwork. We finally parked where the road flattens. We then walked across the first snow patches until we found spur going diagonally uphill. From its end we could climb to continuos snow in the mature forest. [photo]img121.jpg[caption]Skiing through the logging slash[/photo]

[photo]img122.jpg[caption]November Creek[/photo]

We had to ford the creek coming from November Lake, then traversed up into the open bowl north of the peak north of Mamquam Pass. There we crossed a saddle on the high ridge, then skied down into the pass and around the peak to the south. The map showed some wider contours at 4000', but we could not find any convenient bench or ledges. Everything was persistently precipitous. [photo]img123.jpg[caption]The traverse into the Boise Cr. valley[/photo]

In one place we had to cross an avalanche shute where the snow was smooth and hard packed. Robin had his skinny skis and I downhill skis with a telemark binding. The leather boots didn't give me maximal edge control. There was no runout and we might not have been able to arrest a slip. We were very glad when we reached the open valley of upper Boise Creek and made camp west of the lower lake. [photo]img125.jpg[caption]Robin starting up from camp, Mt Gilespie behind[/photo]

[photo]img127.jpg[caption]Meslilloet comes into view, NE1 at left[/photo]

Sunday morning we climbed the route I had...

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