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Knothole Lake Seed Peak Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 08:26:15
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Klaus haring
Difficulty: 3: Very steep descent between Knothole and Seed Peak
Knothole Peak is an ideal ski trip, the Traverse to Seed Peak is very difficult
[photo]img711.jpg[caption]Camp at Knothole Lake[/photo]
 In spring of 1975 a lunar eclipse was predicted, coinciding with a weekend. I had never seen a total eclipse before. In partial eclipses the eclipsed part of the moon is completely black, so I thought I would have to look for a black disc against the stars and wanted a dark sky location. With favorable weather I drove to the end of the Pinecone spur on Friday afternoon and skied to Knothole Lake. I made my camp near the outlet of the lake which I noticed drained to the west not the north as shown on my map. I managed to wake up at midnight and looked out my tent door. The low west ridge of Seed Peak blocked part of the southern horizon, so after some consideration I got dressed and began walking up the gentle slope behind my tent. After only a few steps I saw the dark orange red disk of the moon with a noticeable darker center above the ridge. After enjoying the novel sight for a while I crawled back into my bag. By that time the moon was visible from my tent also and I could watch it a bit longer, where I noticed the dark center shifting to the side. I realized that the moon had passed through the exact center of earth shadow, which I found later was rare also. One eclipse I saw later passed so close to the edge of the shadow it seemed to take for ever till the moon was totally eclipsed. [photo]img707.jpg[caption]Pinecone Lake from saddle between Pinecone and Knothole Peaks[/photo]

[photo]img708.jpg[caption]Looking along East ridge of Knothole to Seed Peak[/photo]

The next morning I skied up to Knothole Peak and after a short summit rest decided to continue to Seed Peak. However the ridge soon became too narrow for skiing and dropped into a big gap towards a large pinnacle. Just before the drop-off I...

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