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Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
Good shooting man! I just looked it up and sure enough - west face of bell. How'd you know? I bet only a handful of people have had that view

http://www.pbase.com/nolock/waddington&page=all
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:12pm PT
Glenn, I'm not saying it can't happen, just that its way more likely to find moss and cedars and the lower you get the more likely you find them. Stienbok and Rexford are good examples of how high that shrubbery can go.

Bruce, I hear you. I think that wall will be shrubby, particularly seeing as it's in the Prince Rupert region (rainfall and drizzle capital of BC).

Hey Glenn is that snowy pic Ambition or that general area?

No, but it has enough snow. It's actually Mt Bell, NW Waddington area, from the NE. The north ridge is on the left; the west "ridge" (Culbert-Ellis) is on the right.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
John Howe/Blake Robinson appreciation going on here, especially between Ghost's pic of the Stinging Needle and then this thing:



Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:12pm PT
has anyone noticed a mildly annoying trend to refrain from revealing the identity of tantalizing climbing objectives?
gf

climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
Harry
re footsteps on the N summit of Wadd-dammed good question-this reminds me of that line in an article about TM Herbert where he mutters about being able to remember his name and age, but details about climbs -hah. I do recall seeing some footprints but let me check with Peter or Don -might be another summit clouding my addled brain.
-lets go skiing soon!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Dec 3, 2012 - 12:47am PT
Skiing,yes.
Credit: harryhotdog
gf

climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 10:01am PT
HARRY-your shot of endless sled dragging looks quite uncivilized, lets...
HARRY-your shot of endless sled dragging looks quite uncivilized, lets do something a bit more along these lines....please
Credit: gf
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Bruce the pic above is Salient and it isn't too tantalizing. Glenn can probably comment better than I can but the lowest rocks are granite and then the upper 600m is Gambier Group volcanics, according to the online geology map anyway.

John and Blake climbed up the buttress just right of the N face couloir after deciding the west face proper was not very appealing, it says in the CAJ
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
Where is salient peak?

Knowing those guys up at the end of some fresh logging road no doubt
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
I'm pretty sure this is Mt. Bell.
I'm pretty sure this is Mt. Bell.
Credit: harryhotdog
You know, I was going to say Bell when I first saw Tricouni's
photo but thought no it's some obscure peak that only Drew would know.Have any of you climbed it?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Knowing those guys up at the end of some fresh logging road no doubt

Needle Peak wasn't at the end of any fresh logging road. We got a pretty good look at the approach John and Blace used en route to Needle Peak when we flew into Mt. Sir Frances Drake. Had to be one of the ugliest sights in the Coast Range.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:16am PT
Oh I'm sure you're right. I seem to recall some story of Blake putting the brakes on any helicopter nonsense on some sort of twisted moral grounds. But I bet if its those two it had to do with their work the fact they were there at all.

The Hairline Hose on Bravo peak
The Hairline Hose on Bravo peak
Credit: Larry Stanier
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:23am PT
Why waste your money on a scanner when you can just wander around your house. Love it.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Bruce the pic above is Salient and it isn't too tantalizing. Glenn can probably comment better than I can but the lowest rocks are granite and then the upper 600m is Gambier Group volcanics, according to the online geology map anyway.

Salient (about 2400 metres, 8000 feet) is one of the more interesting peaks between the Deab River and the Skeena. It's at 53 3'2.85"N 12659'18.93"W and Dru is correct about the geology. I had a choice between going after it, or the highest thing for miles around, Tsaydaychuz Peak (2750 metres, 9000 feet), both unclimbed in 1978. I chose the latter.

This particular unit of volcanic rock tends to form steep walls and can be surprisingly solid. Same further north: in the Howson Range (pics forthcoming when I return to town) has solid volcanic rocks and rotten granite.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:28am PT
Needle Peak wasn't at the end of any fresh logging road. We got a pretty good look at the approach John and Blace used en route to Needle Peak when we flew into Mt. Sir Frances Drake. Had to be one of the ugliest sights in the Coast Range.

Ghost, when were you in Sir Francis Drake? Thanks very much for the coffee and chat the other morning; much enjoyed. I hope to be able to return the favour.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:35am PT
Ghost, when were you in Sir Francis Drake?

Summer of 1988. Full details were disclosed some time ago at http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=759442&msg=759442#msg759442

Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:44am PT
Ho man there's even a picture of Greg with red underwear on his head. you guys really lost it up there eh?

Now how about some actual climbing shots or was it all tent bound fun on the mighty Sir francis Drake?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:57am PT
Tsaydaychuz - now that's a cool name for a peak. Perhaps the First Peoples had and have their own names for many of the mountains, rivers, lakes, and fjords which we've so blithely dumped names on. Often the names of people who had absolutely nothing to do with the place in question. Sir Francis Drake being a good example. Humphrey Gilbert may at least have gotten to what is now Canada, that is to Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Although that's a long way from B.C.

And then there's the distressing ignorance of surveyors from the English navy, who didn't know the difference between a fjord, an inlet and a sound. (Sadly uncorrected by the Canadian authorities.) Plus "named" most of them, and adjacent features, for their friends and patrons back home.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:18am PT
Tsaydaychuz - now that's a cool name for a peak. Perhaps the First Peoples had and have their own names for many of the mountains, rivers, lakes, and fjords which we've so blithely dumped names on. Often the names of people who had absolutely nothing to do with the place in question. Sir Francis Drake being a good example. Humphrey Gilbert may at least have gotten to what is now Canada, that is to Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Although that's a long way from B.C.

And then there's the distressing ignorance of surveyors from the English navy, who didn't know the difference between a fjord, an inlet and a sound. (Sadly uncorrected by the Canadian authorities.) Plus "named" most of them, and adjacent features, for their friends and patrons back home.

MH: This calls for a discussion over a beer or wine; far too much to discuss in one post. Maybe this weekend. Glenn
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Well I'm trying to blythly dump a name on a peak now and i can assure you the likely stumbling block will be that in fact it already has a name. I'm not sure how long the Dept of Geographical names has been enquiring with first nations before naming anything, but they sure do now.
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