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Ring Mountain Attempt II
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.24 - 03:51:29
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1300m
Participants: Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon, Fred Touche
Difficulty: 2: Class 2-3
A day trip to Ring Mountain at the head of the Callaghan Valley.

Attempt I - September 6, 2020
Our first attempt was a month earlier during a 3-day trip to head of the Callaghan valley. After setting up camp on the flats at the west end of Ring Lake, we climbed in succession Mount Callaghan, Detective Peak, Police Peak, and Depute Peak.

Now all we had left to do was reach the top of Ring Mountain. But I suspect that its name was derived from a near continuous rock band that rings most of its upper perimeter. And below the rock band, extensive scree slopes guard its lower slopes.

We elected to go up the east ridge, simply because it offered the least amount of scree travel. Once at the top of this ridge we hoped to find a doable route through the rock band. We heard voices above us as we slogged upward. Another group was heading down the ridge. They had the exact same route in mind as us but turned back because a ramp that needed to be overcome looked too scary. They did however point us to another lower ramp that looked a bit easier.

So we promptly checked out this lower ramp. It wasn't technically difficult but extremely loose. I managed to get through, kicking off a bunch of loose rocks along the way, and reached what appeared to be easier terrain, but it was hard to tell from this vantage. Unable to convince Kalifi of the viability of this route, we tuned back to camp and hiked out the following morning. [photo]01Ramp.JPG[caption]Although not directly visible from this vantage, the lower ramp is in the middle of the background rock band[/photo]

Attempt II - October 4, 2020
This time around we planned to climb Ring as a one day marathon. We left Vancouver early and started hiking on the Conflict Lake trail at 8:30 am. Along the way we encountered numerous overnight parties heading home,...

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