Christine, the Upper Yalakom Valley gatekeeper did eventually let us through. Telling her that our purpose was hiking, not resource extraction was a big plus. She's very chatty though so it did take awhile before we could continue. The second obstacle was the west branch of Retaskit Creek Road, not what most people would call suitable for a low-clearance 2-wheel drive vehicle. But necessity requires perseverance and after beating the hell out of the car, we did reach the [photo]01Car.JPG[caption]end of the road[/photo].
It was drizzling rain as we crossed a clear cut on our way to a bushwhack. We headed south-southwest toward the base of an east-tending sub-ridge of Mount Gallon. Along the way we bumped into an unexpected [photo]02Trail.JPG[caption]horse trail[/photo], which we followed for a while but after about half a kilometer, discovered that the trail wasn't really heading in our intended direction. So we veered off the trail and into the bush. After rounding the base of the ridge, a flat and easy path at the bottom edge of a scree slope led straight toward the basin at the head of the western-most branch of Retaskit Creek. We found a beautiful spot to set up camp at the [photo]03Basin.JPG[caption]start of the basin[/photo].
The rain stopped just as we set up camp although most of the nearby summits were still shrouded in fog. There was however lots of daylight left so we decided to climb nearby Mount Gallon. From camp, we went directly up a scree slope to gain the northeast ridge. Once on the ridge, we followed it upward to the expansive summit plateau where we got our first taste of scree mixed with snow. On the
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