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A climb of Contemplation, Meditation and Lindisfarne
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.24 - 04:42:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges
(4 days) Elevation Gain: 3500m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some steep snow, scrambling and routefinding
A historic hike in the Lizzie Lake area
Recently when I thought of some of my explorations in the Lizzie Lake area I wanted to look up this trip but could not find it. So I looked at my map where I had marked my route and years for camps which made finding it easyer in my little calendar diary for details and scanned my slides. That brought back a fairly good memory.
[photo]img255.jpg[caption]East fork of Lizzie Creek[/photo]
In those days one could still drive to Lizzie Lake but the east fork road was already overgrown. So I parked at the turn off and began bushwhacking. The alders on the road were incredibly dense and in places I found it easier walking in the old logging slash along the side. It took me about one hour to the bridge. That was the only open place and I sat down for an early lunch. The creek had a lot of water and flowed fast in a steep narrow channel and it might not have been possible to cross without a bridge. Afterwards the bush was not any better, so I soon left the road and began traversing diagonally uphill. Above the clearcut in the forest I had to negotiate a few rock bluffs, then when it became less steep above 1700m I came to the first snow patches and set up my tent on a flat ledge.
It had been partly cloudy and shortly after I had established my camp a weak thunderstorm rolled past. I sheltered in my tent for a while, then didn't go anywhere else in the evening. In the morning it was clear again and I traversed up the side of the valley to the south ridge of the west peak of Meditation, unnamed at that time, now Contemplation. There was still a lot of snow and where it had melted the meadows were a riot of avalanche lilies.
[photo]img258.jpg[caption]Corniced Cherry Pip Pass[/photo]
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