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In the Footsteps of Goats - Leckie Range Loop
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 10:11:29
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges / Leckie Range
  (4 days)     Elevation Gain: 2600m
Participants: Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon, Fred Touche
Difficulty: 2: Class 2-3
A loop through the central portion of the Leckie Range and then a circumnavigation of the western half of this range.

Prelude
The Leckie Range is a small, mysterious group of mountains arranged along an S-shaped east-west crest on the north side of Slim Creek in the South Chilcotin region of British Columbia. It's been on my list of places to visit for several years. The plan was to check out the central portion and then circumnavigate the western half of this range. Kalifi who rarely says no to an adventure signed up for this trip.

Day 1 - Bushwhack Approach
After a long and bumpy drive from Vancouver, we reached the bridge that crosses Slim Creek and parked the vehicle here. After packing up, we angled upward and eastward up the south face of the central portion of the Leckie Range. The bushes were wet from the light rain, but the rain gear soon came off as sweat became a bigger issue. The forest was surprisingly open as we aimed for an avalanche gully, which we crossed at the 1735 m level. This was the only zone of thick bush that we encountered on the first day.

[photo]DSC_0011.JPG[caption]Crossing avalanche gully[/photo]

On the other side of the gully was the beginning of the ever-present scree that we came to know all too well on this trip.

[photo]DSC_0016.JPG[caption]Scree on east side of avalanche gully[/photo]

After circumventing a cliff band by going right, we found a gully that leads to more gentle terrain. Continuing upward we soon reached the subalpine where we found a great spot to camp. It had taken us less than 3 hours to reach this point from the vehicle.

As we still had lots of daylight left, we decided to check out the ridge to the south, which we gained without too much difficulty. The aim was to scout our intended route for the next day, but unfortunately another ridge blocked the view of what we were looking for. We would...

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