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Climbing Meslilloet Mountain from the South
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 13:13:24
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Klaus Haring, Skip King, about 10 others
Difficulty: 3: Some exposed scrambling
Two climbs of Meslilloet Mountain via Joseph Lake
This is Part 7&8 of an exploration of routes to Meslilloet Mountain. See Many Ways to Meslilloet

Part 7 1996.07.16

A few years later I wanted to check out the more standard approach from the south also. When the Alpine club had a trip scheduled for July and the forecast was favorable I phoned the leader late in the week. He told me he had enough people already and wanted to approach from the north, which I was not interested in. He then gave me the phone number of Skip King whom he had turned down also. When I phoned Skip he was game to try it from the south with me alone.

So on Saturday morning we rattled over Stawamus Pass and down Indian River in Skips old truck. We found our way to Norton Lake without problems. There we saw a new road bulldozed diagonally uphill in the direction we wanted to go, but parked at the lake. After about 1km at a switchback we thrashed through some bushes to a boulder field. Above that we could traverse fairly open forest around the eastside of the mountain south of Joseph Lake. When we reached the flat area south of the lake we found a small hill not shown on the map and tried to traverse around its eastside, but soon came into unpleasant bush and steep terrain, so we went back around the westside. There we found an area of big boulders with bush between. When we reached the shore the disagreeable combination continued in both directions. We stopped for lunch and when I took off my boots as usual and cooled my feet I noticed that the shallows with smooth sandy bottom continued west as far as I could see and suggested that we try wading along the shore. That was a breeze. The water was not very cold and seldom came more than half way to our knees. We could walk all the way to a small meadow on the northside. Later we...

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