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Ungulates Traverse : Coldwater River Horseshoe
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.22 - 06:06:01
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 2300m
Participants: John Baldwin. Alison Sydor, Jeremy Leal, Helen Habgood
Difficulty: 4: some scrambling and slabs with one crux where rope was used.
A super scenic alpine ridge traverse over the Ungulate peaks from the Coldwater River in the Coquihalla.
A superb alpine ridge traverse that goes over the Ungulate peaks at the head of the Coldwater River in a horseshoe. No car shuttle or retracing your steps is required. The alpine ridges are stunningly beautiful with lots of heather, slabs and tarns.

Day 1: We parked at the Little Douglas Lake parking lot 7km up the Coldwater River road. Its an easy walk to the end of the road at 13km. We followed the trail up to the trail up to Guanaco Peak. Helen scrambled up Vicuna Pk. We then dropped around the east side of Vicuna, cutting below the slabs and climbed approx 100m up through the col with Alpaca. We camped in the basin north of Alpaca. Lots of water, rocky, heather meadows.

[photo]IMG_1251.jpg[caption]Descending from Guanaco Pk. Looking at Vicuna with Alpaca behind.[/photo]

Day 2: WE traversed across heather and slabs to the Alpaca-Bighorn col - few trees, heather and granite slabs. Bighorn is an easy scramble up slabs by going straight up/slightly left. Fantastic views of the Anderson River Peaks. There is a really nice tarn on top. W backtracked to our packs and continued up the ridge to the south up Alpaca. The crux is the second step about 500m north of the peak. Sticking to the ridge crest is exposed class 3-4 slabs that can be wet. We followed a gulley about 100m to the west that not exposed but had a short 20m class 4 chimney. We used a 30m rope for this. The summit of Alpaca is a gorgeous spot in the summer with 2 beautiful swimming tarns. We continued down the ridge and camped.

[photo]IMG_1335.jpg[caption]Ascending Bighorn Pk with Anderson River peaks behind[/photo]

[photo]IMG_1406copy.jpg[caption]Hiking down the S ridge of Alpaca.[/photo]

Day 3: We continued along the ridge on a rough trail to Zupjok. Here we left the trail and dropped...

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