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A Quick Trip in the Dickson Range
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 22:44:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges / Dickson Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2100m
Participants: Robin McKillop, Tim Blair, Fred Touche, Steve Yan-Klassen, Dave Campbell
Difficulty: 3: Strenuous, but not technically difficult
A quick weekend trip to the Dickson Range with ascents of Scherle, Tillworth, Ipoo and Slim
This trip was another installment of Robin McKillop's search for moraine-dammed lakes (MDL's) as part of his Master of Science research. I was developing a real appreciation for this area and this trip was my fifth time into Slim Creek over two years. The area offers so much for hiking, scrambling and skiing that when the idea was bounced around for a crew of us to go for a weekend trip into the Dickson Range, I could hardly say no.

To make the most of the weekend, we drove up from Vancouver on Friday evening, and camped at the end of the Slim Creek Main road. We bumped into a group (from Outward Bound?) including their guide who was a friend from VOC days gone by. I was impressed that they used guide-tarps as shelter, and given how buggy it was, I imagine it may not have been that pleasant.

We got up early in the morning, and made our way along the familiar trail up Slim Creek. A few kilometers up the trail there is a section of the creek which is fairly narrow, and flows through a bedrock canyon. There is a cable across the river here, which I think gets used by Outward Bound fairly regularly for visits to the area. We knew the crossing was there, and had brought along harnesses to get across with. It is really well rigged and was easy to get across.

From the other side of the crossing, we worked our way up into the basin to the west of Scherle Peak. After a steeper climb through the trees we emergeed in the broad alpine basin below Scherle Peak. We dropped the overnight packs and scrambled up the west ridge (See Greg Jones's photo of Scherle).

From the basin below Scherle, we worked our way to a pass south of Mount Tillworth. Robin, Tim and Fred scrambled up Tillworth, while Steve and I relaxed at the pass and tried to catch our...

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