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Stone Rabbit SE Face Attempt
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 10:27:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chehalis Group / Ratney Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 900m
Participants: Evan, Bennett
Difficulty: 4: Mostly class 3-4 scrambling on wide open slab. Angle steepens as you ascend and routefinding required to keep it 4th class.
Hike/Scramble up waterworn slabs in the drainage (lots of wet sections) until you reach bottom of slab. Continue up the slab for 900 m of awesome climbing (up to 4th class, maybe low 5th)
Having recently heard about the Stone Rabbit and seeing pictures of the amazing granite face, I showed it my friends who quickly convinced we had to make an attempt at it this summer. We weren't 100% sure if it would be in condition for climbing yet. We were very eager to give it a shot though so we decided to do an exploratory mission, without huge expectations considering we hadn't seen any trip reports since ~2008 which were mostly done when the Skwellepil Creek FSR was reactivated, and a which were done a bit later in the season (mid August). Also considering the slow melting in the alpine this season, I was a bit worried the route would still be pretty wet.

We left Vancouver at 4 am and arrived at the bottom of Chehalis FSR at around 5:45 am. Driving up Chehalis FSR to km 30 was fairly smooth and we left the cars when the road became too washed out at around 7:30 am. We had heard there has been some massive washouts on Skwellepil Creek FSR which has been deactivated for some time (2008), but we figured most of the road would still be good travel on mountain bikes. We all were able to borrow some sweet old mountain bikes from the 80s/90s from friends/parents which turned out to be awesome. We made it to the base of the drainage of Stone Rabbit around 9 am, having to carry the bikes accross some washouts, waterbars and the main Ratney tributary. Nothing too crazy to get across.

[photo]skwellepilwashout.JPG[caption]washouts on skwellepil creek fsr[/photo] [photo]creekcrossing.JPG[caption]creek crossing/jump with bikes[/photo]

We started climbing up the drainage below Stone Rabbit which proved to be pretty sketchy and wet. There was some scrambling on wet slab (even some waterfall climbing) that felt a bit dicey but it would probably be much better later in...

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