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Mount Callaghan Circumnavigation
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.20 - 22:33:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1816m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Darlene Anderson, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Some steep snow slopes where ice axe is handy, and tricky route finding, but no exposed rock climbing.
Circumnavigations are a way to get into entirely new terrain, yet near a familiar peak. A glorious trip through wild terrain, with constantly changing horizons.
Coming up with a good trip idea is often tough. One method I've used is to pick some high prominence peak from the maps, and then use that as an objective. Getting there and back becomes the trip, the summit is often not the main goal. But the problem when I am at home in Vancouver is I've exhausted my inventory of suitable "big name" peaks that I can easily get to for a weekend trip.

How can you manufacture more trips from the limited inventory of big peaks close to home? The answer is to come up with a new concept. Instead of looking for suitable peaks to climb, look for peaks to circumnavigate. This is guaranteed to get you into all sorts of new meadows, route finding challenges, new horizons, and spectacular valleys you would not normally see if you were only trying to climb the peak.
  As I looked at the maps, I knew I had really enjoyed the circumnavigation of Mount Fee that we had done in the autumn of 2006. See Brandywine-Fee Circumnavigation. And I was fresh back from the Selwyn Range traverse, on which I came to realize how exciting it was to go around mountains, instead of over them. And last year, I had enjoyed our trip to climb Mount Callaghan. So with all this in my head, it was a relatively small leap to come up with the idea of circumnavigating Mount Callaghan.

If you look at the map, you'll see that north of the mountain there is all sorts of micro-terrain above treeline - small lakes, glaciers, even unclimbed peaks. And all accessable by a short drive in any car, almost entirely on a paved road. What more could we want?

Day 1 - Callaghan Lake to "New" Lake
We set out Saturday morning, met Darlene at the church parking lot, and the three of us headed north in her front wheel drive Toyota Matrix. May as well use a nice car....

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