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Fence_Sitter

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is it easier to hit blanshard from evans creek? it is certainly a ton shorter...and has anyone been up there lately?

 

[ 09-25-2002, 05:56 PM: Message edited by: Fence Sitter ]

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Yep, that is Evans peak...you can make out the white dyke on the lower right of the pic...Evans creek is way way shorter of an approach to reach Blanshard...I spent a couple rainy days with some friends clearing the trail this spring so it's in good shape right now...when you leave the trail and begin heading up the creek bed you will eventually come to a V-junction..take the left side or you'll be heading off into the rhubarb...I came down the gully a number of weeks ago from a traverse and found very little snow in it, making it a scree/mud slope right now, but very do-able if you're in the right mindset...I'm betting the snow is pretty much all gone now?...I have chosen to head over from Alouette this time of year, longer on time, but less unsavoury...

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the scree isnt all that bad. you can make it to the col at the bottom of south ridge in 3 hours or so from the west canyon parking lot.

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go from the blanchard-alouette col and drop down west to the base of the face. there is a vague description in fairley guide. Brian Moorehead, who did the FA, told me that nowadays it would be rated about 5.7. the rock is supposedly solid for the first 10 pitches or so then gets a bit loose for the last 2 towards the summit. there is not much vegetation, I think. i have always wanted to check that face out, now is probably the best time of year if'n it doesnt rain this weekend.

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yah thanks i'll let ya knwo how it goes...sound like fun anyways...weather's supposed to ba allright from what i have heard...have you heard otherwise?

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saturday - 30%chance of showers

sunday - showers

 

for Lower Fraser Valley [Frown]

 

Marble Canyon also wet. [Frown]

 

May have to go to L'worth after all [big Grin]

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FenceSitter....from Alouette it's just a long 10K or so hike to Alouette then drop down towards Blanshard..easy...Ya Dru, the scree is not that bad but I have encountered boot deep mud up that gully before, maybe not now...just trying to give as much info as possible...FenceSitter, are you doing a traverse of the peaks or just blanshard??...if doing a traverse I'd highly recommend climbing GEars first then Edge, then Blanshard...a few reasons for that choice...

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yeah problem is that i have a rugby game in victoria on saturday...so we were gonna run up teh approach and jsut camp mid trail...yeah i may jsut head down to 11'worth sat night now...i checked the government parks weather and it said good weather...oh well thanks

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DR tha sounds pretty bad -ass but woudl i have the time? i am in pertty decent shape...but i will only have a couple hours of sunlight on sat...and then sunday...till gates close...

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ya, that's plenty of time...I did it in a long day not too long ago...the most technical situation is negotiating the krummholtz (sp?)...those nasty, tenacious, unyielding bushy little trees that cover much of the terrain...otherwise, the W face of Blanshard is a very doable day trip...good luck...

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so blanshard...then out evans? or alouette? thanks

evans i guess cause the car is there...

 

[ 09-26-2002, 02:24 PM: Message edited by: Fence Sitter ]

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go in to GEars via the regular trail...then cross over to Edge...traverse on the high descending ridge towards Blanshard...climb Blanshard then descend the regular route and out via Evans creek...one thing to consider is that i had more daylight hours than now, and am pretty familiar with the way off Blanshard and the way out Evans creek access...have you been up there before? otherwise, hike in saturday afternoon/night with headlamps you could easily make it up to panorama ridge...from there you would have all day sunday to finish the traverse...the hike up to GEars is the longest part...12K or so one way?....

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yeah were were figuring on hitting the cabin on saturday...i have been up there in any condition (including night) so i think that is the plan...it should be a fun sunday though if the weather holds out for us...

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and dru...i am supposed to tel you that if it does rain...we are supposed to go to 11 worth....if it does and you want to go down there...lemme know...

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