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Paul M
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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 10:31 am 
Silas W, Don B, Carla S, and I teamed up to climb Hozomeen Mountain during a narrow weather window this past weekend. The conditions on summit day were as good as could be. But make no mistake. This is a serious mountain! Not because the climbing is overly difficult. But because of the nature of the rock it is impossible to protect. Prior reports mention 30-100 feet for the steepest class 4 section where you first gain the NW ridge…. It sure felt like at least 100 feet. After that the angle of the route does lessen but the exposure is still immense. I also can’t say enough by how accurate the MM5 forecast was this weekend. It called for light rain Friday night (which we had at our car camp); solid overcast on Saturday with clearing starting about 3pm (which it did just as we neared camp on the ~6,400 ft summit just before the boarder). Sunday morning dawned completely clear with perfect temps and stunning views into the pickets and beyond. By the time we started our drive back home the clouds were thick and by 11pm it was raining hard, accompanied by thunder and lightning just for good measure. All in all this was a great trip and a great summit shared. Way to go Silas up.gif Postscript. The window for this climb seems to be pretty narrow but we were still a bit surprised to see another party of three people arrive at our camp sometime after we had set up. They graciously granted us a head start in the morning so we could minimize any potential congestion on the route.
Horse camp near Trail Head
Horse camp near Trail Head
Raeburn from upper Ross lake at dusk
Raeburn from upper Ross lake at dusk
Hozomeen looming like Mordor
Hozomeen looming like Mordor
Westy camping convention
Westy camping convention
Trail junction
Trail junction
Afternoon clearing views from camp
Afternoon clearing views from camp
Perfect morning dawning on Hozomeen
Perfect morning dawning on Hozomeen
Our route in full view and great condition
Our route in full view and great condition
Monument 74
Monument 74
Getting closer to our objective
Getting closer to our objective
Silas leading the way
Silas leading the way
Typical rock quality in route
Typical rock quality in route
Happy to be on the summit
Happy to be on the summit
Jack Mountain from Hozomeen
Jack Mountain from Hozomeen
Looming South Hozomeen from summit
Looming South Hozomeen from summit
All safely down form the peak
All safely down form the peak
Another climber starting to descend the middle snowfleld
Another climber starting to descend the middle snowfleld
Boarder swath looking west
Boarder swath looking west
Our tracks in the snow visible from camp
Our tracks in the snow visible from camp
One last view of Hozomeen from the long  deproach trail
One last view of Hozomeen from the long deproach trail

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 11:00 am 
Well done, lady and gents!
Paul M wrote:
This is a serious mountain!
No lie. Looks too sporting now for me, being in MAS2 (middle age stage 2). hockeygrin.gif

Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 12:40 pm 
Silas probably is a bit older than you!

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 12:47 pm 
Nice. Did you start from Hozomeen campground? We did it starting from Manning Park and all in a very long day. Here is a link to our TR: Hozomeen

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 2:27 pm 
nordique wrote:
Silas probably is a bit older than you!
That could be true, possibly, but in any case Silas is an accomplished alpinist. I'm just a hillwalker/ trailrunner/ brushbuffalo with low fear threshold. eek.gif

Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 5:54 pm 
canadug wrote:
Did you start from Hozomeen campground? We did it starting from Manning Park and all in a very long day.
We came up the Skyline II trail to the ridge. Man and I thought we had a long approach.... you guys really had a long day!

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 6:04 pm 
Driving in from the north on Silver Creek road is an oddity. You are in Canada on a road and then you are in the United States without going through any official border crossing with immigration. I wonder how long that is going to last.

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 6:34 pm 
That crossing is a strange one.....The Border Dudes are flying drones and helicopters all along the 49th parallel and busting people at the old PCT crossing at Manning. Weird times frown.gif

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 6:37 pm 
What do you think the total distance of your journey was via Skyline II?

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 6:51 pm 
canadug wrote:
What do you think the total distance of your journey was via Skyline II?
Something like ~23 to 26 miles.... depending on which trail marking app you believe and something like 9,600+ ft total elevation gain.

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 8:57 pm 
Nice one, Paul. That's a serious but fun mountain in a fantastic setting. Looks like you had very similar conditions as on our trip five years ago. Seems like most people do it end of June. We ran into other climbers too. Fortunately Dave and Crispin had camped at the border swath so were a bit ahead of us on the route and we only ran into them as they were descending the highest snowfield.
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Our tracks in the snow visible from camp
Our tracks in the snow visible from camp
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Another climber starting to descend the middle snowfleld
Another climber starting to descend the middle snowfleld
Amazing how much--thankfully--that route lays back as you approach it. And yet it's still steep in places. Canadug, my notes have the stats as 23 miles and 9600' of gain.
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I'm just a hillwalker/ trailrunner/ brushbuffalo with low fear threshold.
Oh, stop. Anyone who was keeping up with Rowland Tabor in his prime is just a tad more than a "hillwalker". wink.gif

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 9:44 pm 
Our route on Skyline I then Skyline II was about 24 miles (40Km's) return and ~10,000 ft elevation......Seems like both routes are quite similiar. Super long day either way.

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PostWed Jun 27, 2018 8:52 am 
It was great to chat with you along the way and I'm glad we managed to mostly stay out of each others way on a difficult route. I got a few photos of your crew while we were out there. It was also great to meet you again Carla!
I did a little write up of our experience on Hozomeen, but probably not worth a new post. https://mountainflamingo.com/2018/06/26/2018-06-23-24-hozomeen-mountain/

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PostWed Jun 27, 2018 9:20 am 
Oh wow! Now I'm jealous!!

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