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Mamquam Mountain Ski from Skookum Creek road
Timestamp Free: 2020.06.04 - 20:37:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
Participants: Dave Williams, Darlene Anderson, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 4: Difficult aux cheval log crossing with pack and skis on back. Steep chutes with avalanche debris...
A glorious spring climb of Mamquam.
The weekend was forcasted to be incredibly warm 26 degrees, when a proposal came in from Dave Williams to ascend a name brand peak - Mamquam Mountain. Of course, I'd climbed it perhaps 30 years ago with Klaus Haring, but the only thing I could remember was the final summit. So it would be new. I knew Betsy would really like to get out of the city. We deliberated about it for days. Should we be doing such a trip when things were still mostly locked down due to Covid 19? Betsy and I have done so many wonderful bike loops around Vancouver in the past month, a new one almost every day. We had biked down to Spanish Banks for a low tide walk on Friday. The car situation down there is a zoo, with hundreds of cars fighting for the available parking spaces. The main parking lots are still gated due to Covid-19. Betsy really doesn't like big crowds so that made up her mind, and I knew we'd be happiest if we went to Mamquam. After all, Betsy and Dave had planned to be crossing some big icefield in Alaska right now which has of course fallen through. So I was thinking that at least we could compensate in a small way, with a few hours on a local icefield. So we decided to go.
So the plan was to fuel up in Vancouver and thus have zero interaction with anything outside Vancouver. That's the official rule. My own opinion is that it's a bit lopsided to expect everybody in the city to stay put, while the rural or island people are free to come into Vancouver. But that's the rule, so we wouldn't be getting gas.
So at 6:00 we drove through downtown, past quite a few stores boarded up, and met at 7:00 AM at the traditional church parking lot meeting spot in North Vancouver. Normally this is where you organize car pooling. But today we'd be driving in separate cars. I noted that the...
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