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Attaining Mosquito Zen: 6 Days in the Slim Creek Headwaters
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.18 - 17:08:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
  (6 days)     Elevation Gain: 1038m
Participants: Lucas Earl, Ethan Barrett, Joe Fiorillo, Apol Roman
Difficulty: 2: Some minor routefinding, scrambling. Slim Creek swamps were wet
Exploration of Slim Creek Headwaters and Griswold Pass areas via Slim Creek.

Background and Introduction

This trip came about thanks to two factors: a long running desire to get into the South Chilcotin and a group of people who wanted to get out for a week of backpacking. I first became aware of the Slim Creek Headwaters/Griswold Pass area thanks to this detailed trip report and narrative from 13 years ago, and around the same time Adventures near Athelney Pass: Ochre Mountain and Salal Peak looked over at that region from Ochre Mtn. Over the past few years I'd read up on the access and rambling opportunities in a number of TRs here (The Successful Griswold Pass exploration., Lepton S1 and Steve, A hiking and pack rafting trip to Taseko Lakes.) and just needed the right opportunity to head up there. This past winter, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to backpack in Alaska, and I managed to steer them towards the concept that the Slim Creek Headwaters was as exciting. So, with one person on board, I was able to eventually pull together a group of 4:

  1. Lucas: Our fearless leader and local navigation expert/trip planner
  2. Apol: A friend from Boston, who originally spawned the backpacking trip concept
  3. Joe: A friend from LA, an Eagle Scout, and the person with whom I had backpacked to Athelney Pass 9 years previously
  4. Ethan: A friend and former roommate from Seattle, who was excited but had never been backpacking before!

I hoped that despite the remote area, the landscape (wide open valleys, easy-to-scramble peaks, and general pleasant rambling) would make for a nice destination for our group of varied experience.

We coordinated taking the first week of August off (as a...

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