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Hiking the Lizzie - Stein Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.26 - 09:30:17
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges
  (7 days)     Elevation Gain: 4800m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Mostly short scrambling, steep snow, glacier travel, routefinding
A high alpine loop returning via the southern Stein Divide climbing Tundra, Klackarpun, Crevasse Crag, Snowblood, Skook Jim, Vanguard, Caltha and Arrowhead.
After my accident near Stein mountain ( see Klaus Haring - Almost His Last Great Hike by Robin Tivy written from what I told him over the phone. Later I wrote a more detailed report for the Alpine Club Echoes which was reprinted in the 1997 Canadian Alpine Journal page 57 ) I thought I should not do any more longer solo trips. However when I retired in July 1997 I had all the time and little chance of finding companions for everything I wanted to do. So with some trepidation I planned this high alpine loop returning via the southern Stein Divide climbing as many peaks along the way as possible.

Day 1: I almost forgot my camera. Luckily it was not too far to go back for it from W Vancouver, but with some construction delays and slow traffic it was almost noon when I got to Lizzie Lake. So I had lunch before I started the hike, lightening my pack infinitesimally. At the lakes below Tabletop I came into quite a bit of snow. [photo]img295.jpg[caption]Iceberg Lake[/photo]

I first tried to traverse more horizontally past Iceberg Lake, but when I saw many rock bluffs ahead I thought it better to climb to the recommended route over the NE ridge of Tabletop Mountain. I then descended the last vestiges of a trail to Cherry Pip Pass. Beyond there the trail petered out and I traversed boulder and meadow slopes until I found a flat grassy spot to set up my tent below Caltha Lake. [photo]img297.jpg[caption]Camp1 in the morning with Tynemouth and Arrowhead[/photo]

It had taken me a bit over 5 hours. Before the trip I perused the Stein Valley Guide that gave detailed, sometimes a bit confusing descriptions of the traverse and very generous hiking times. Lizzie to Caltha Lake was estimated at 7-13hours!

Day 2: I had a quite lazy start and carried my pack to...

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