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gchicalo
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Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
Canada

534 Posts

 Posted - 05/26/2004 :  10:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
Time to Clendinning Lake: 2.5 days, one way. Did not make it to Clendinning Glacier although we could see it down at the end of Clendinning Lake. Hike was extremely difficult and the bushwhacking will get much worse later in the season with the arrival of leaves and the departure of the snow. Expect 3.5 days each way after mid June or so.


Devil's Clubs

Many of the Devil's Clubs were under snow and the rest did not have leaves yet, however the leaves were starting to bud. They will be a problem later in the season.


Trees Missing

We unexpectedly encounted several tree stumps in a group where there should not be any stumps. Some of the sawed-down trees were still lying where they fell. Other trees appeared to be missing, suggesting that they had been helicoptered-out as the nearest road was distant and there would be no other way to remove them. Helicopter logging in Clendinning Park? Hmmm... Very strange...



Boulderfield Route


Frog


Bear Tracks in Sand


Moss Covered Split Boulder

We passed several huge boulders that were split cleanly in two.


Fresh Boulder Field

Some of the huge boulders looked like they arrived there recently.


Fresh Rockslide

A section of the cliff had recently colapsed.


Slide Alder

With no leaves on the slide alder, route-finding was easy and much of the slide alder avoided. Later in the season this will be a problem.


Patchy Snow


Wolverine Tracks?


Split Boulder

Another huge boulder that was split. They must have split after it stopped rolling down the hill. Water freezing internally?


Snow Covered Slide Alder

Much of the nortorious slide alder was bent down by the snow. There was almost no post-holing although 3 or 4 snow bridges colapsed under me unexpectedly.


Muddy Bear Tracks

This bear could not have been more than a few minutes ahead of us, coming in the opposite direction, as the snow was melting very fast in the hot sun. The tracks were very fresh. We also saw evidence of Grizzly bear. We heard owls and other strange sounds that we could not identify. At one bend in the creek the water produced the same sound as a plane flying over. We also saw the tracks of a large animal with hooves. Moose? We saw Moose in the Elaho Valley in the distance.


Split Boulder


Valley End

The end of the Clendinning Creek valley. The lake is around to the left.


Creek Crossing


Clendinning Creek Headwaters

Clendinning Creek flowing out of Clendinning Lake.


Rock Piling

Clendinning Glacier was visable down at the far end of Clendinning Lake.


Rockpile

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Alsidprime
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Port Moody, British columbia
Canada

276 Posts

 Posted - 05/26/2004 :  10:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yup, here are the pictures' I'll type up a full, trip report ASAP, as the details float back. .... I really do look haggard in those pictures.... Lol!

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mick range
Extreme Hoser

Trail running, bike hucking, fast packing, beer drinking collector of pine cones on a day pass

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Forest Gnome Cabin
Canada

13517 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  12:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bravo!Nice pics.Totally interesting place to check out,thanks for posting on such a unique location

BCer
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Buntzen roving stealthy beer mule and artist, aspiring weird image findmaster who loves BC

lower mainland
Canada

1647 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  12:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, way to go guys. I was looking forward to this report. Backcountry at it's finest!

BushBrat
New Member


Coquitlam, BC
Canada

82 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  01:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great pics. I'll have to add this place to my list.
Looks like you guys had a great time.

drifter
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Makati
Philippines

955 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  01:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work folks.
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Shakey
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Abbotsford, BC
Canada

439 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  04:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing those pics of a very remote area. Were there any canyons or headwalls along the valley to negotiate? I bet the adrenaline was pumping on the crossings...did you have many of those to make? The split boulders are curious! Shockingly barren country near the lake, and steep shoreline. Inspiring, guys, well done.

Someday...=)

toad
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488 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  07:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good stuff!!! Great work guys!!

gchicalo
Intermediate Member


Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
Canada

534 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  07:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Canyons and headwalls? Yup. There was some of every terrain you can imagine. Nothing was un-passable. Many were tricky and route-finding was difficult in some spots. The several creek crossings were hazardous. The current was swift, the water cold, and the glacier silt made the bottom invisible.


Here is a brief description of the hike. Alsid can fill in the blanks.

Often spelled Clendenning, even on many official maps, the correct spelling is Clendinning. Clendinning Creek heads 27 kilometres North West to Clendinning Lake. Clendinning Glacier hangs into Clendinnng Lake at the Southern shore. We intended to walk up the Clendinning Glacier 10 kilometres to Swiss Arm and Ross Arm and attempt to climb Pivotal Mountain after bushwhacking to Clendinning Lake. We set off from the bridge crossing the Elaho River near the Randy Stoltmann Wilderness Route trailhead at 1:00 pm on Friday. At the far side of the bridge immediately turn left and follow the flagging up the hill. The route up to the Clendinning Lookout looks very seldom travelled and parts of the route are blocked with recent windfall activity. Many of the aluminium markers have fallen off, there is no beaten path to follow, and the flagging is a hard-to-spot yellow color. Our driver turned back about 5 minutes from the bluff that is the Clendinning Lookout and took our snowshoes with her. It was evident that they were not to be needed and would be difficult to get through the extreme bushwhacking that was to follow. Her trusty dog lead her back down the hill with his super-smelling. The marked route ends at Clendinning Lookout. We bushwhacked down the hill to Clendinning Creek and headed upstream while it started to rain. The darkness of night arrived but we continued on through a series of gravel bars, slide alder and devil’s club areas, and boulder fields. Route finding was tricky at night. We continued until 1:30 pm using our headlamps. Very early on Sunday we abandoned our mountaineering equipment as we now knew that it was questionable whether we would even make it to Clendinning Lake as we could only maintain an average speed of 1.5 kilometres per hour. However, we were within striking distance of the lake by Saturday night at dusk. Sunday morning we rounded the base of Frontline Mountain at the end of Clendinning Valley and had to cross Wave Creek, the last obstacle before the lake. We finally arrived at Clendinning Lake at 4:30 pm on Sunday. We had to head back soon as darkness was approaching and we had stashed our sleeping equipment at our last campsite to lighten our packs further. We picked it up on the way back after crossing Wave Creek further downstream, saving some time. Sunday’s darkness approached and we were unable to continue on. We were too fatigued. Monday we headed downstream, picked up our second food stash until we were within striking distance of the Elaho River Bridge. We camped on a sandy beach with pure white fine sand and awoke to a light rain. Tuesday got us to the bridge ahead of schedule and we walked to the main road in the heavy rain. Loggers gave us a ride to Squamish after a short wait and a convincing story. We waited in Burger King for our arranged ride. When we discovered our ride would be late I hitchhiked to Vancouver, getting a ride immediately to the Seabus Terminal at Lonsdale. I took the skytrain to the Burrard Street Station and hiked the last kilometer home.

gchicalo
Intermediate Member


Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
Canada

534 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  07:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Grizzly Bear

The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.

sandy
Advanced Member

Kootenay Bud


2802 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  2:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great report and good work. The tracks in one of your pics are definitely not wolverine - they leave huge prints, almost the size of a black bear track.

mick range
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Trail running, bike hucking, fast packing, beer drinking collector of pine cones on a day pass

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Forest Gnome Cabin
Canada

13517 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  2:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whoa!Good thing you didn't run into the big boy who left that mess!Great wilderness trip,Gerry.Sure looks like it would have been way tougher when the slide alder becomes exposed and green.Stellar TR!
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The Hiker
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Fleece thong wearin, Buntzen Lurkin, mystic poet mountain man and international spokesman of the friends of the white squirrel society

Port Moody, B.C.
Canada

6102 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  5:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.


You must have big "Brass Ones"
At this point I would be leaving very fast.
Great report! And some very cool shots.

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LongShadow
Founder

Big pack hiker who sleeps with bears in tent and falls on slippery logs

Langley, BC
Canada

7687 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  6:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a cool report. You encountered your share of things on this one. That creek crossing shot is pretty wild - that would have made a great submission for this month's photo!

leatherman
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353 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  7:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gchicalo


Grizzly Bear

The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.



Monster usually spends his weekends in a canoe but maybe it was him?!? Who knows?
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Alsidprime
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Port Moody, British columbia
Canada

276 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  9:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well might as well do my version
Sorry in advance for horrible grammer, and spelling... and such...

Day 1: We Met at waterfront station early (7 am'ish early) and after a bit of gear re-aranging we were off at 7:30... An un-eventful trip up to squamish a stop for coffee.. Or hot chocolate.. Or Steamed milk? Arive at squamish and grab our breakfast from 'the diner' then we off'ed to find the entrance to the Squamish Main... A Long.. Long Bumpy, But fairy well maintained Loging road trip up, 62 miles later we arived to my stiff legs Joy. The weather was slightly overcast'y so after Stretching, A couple "we aint gonna see civilization in 5 days pictures" we were sadled up and off aparently this was suposed to be a "footpath" sure it was flaged... mostly... and sure it was a 'bit' less thick as the rest of the forest... but footpath? i'd say 'Route' so up and up we went, skirting around the base of what would Gerry and I refer to as "The hump", why not? At this point i was carying both snow shoes...and everything else... my pack was around the 65-70 lbs. mark, so i was huffing to get up. i would say though that the worst part being snaging, i did twice the work i should have just pushing through everything that the snowshoes were catching on... *grumbles* , nearly at the top, Our ride and her escort puppy decided to head back. Thankfully she took the Snowshoes back down with her, More Bon-voyage pictures, goodbyes, then we were off out seperate ways. soon enough we were up at the Clendinning Lookout, which was just a bluff overlooking the valley. We did a quick posistion check, then headed down the slope. soon we passed the small area seemingly Heli-loged... How odd. So we decended down the the creek, we began hearing thunder at around 5pm, so naturaly around 7pm it starts Pouring. "how nice" traveling along gravel bars and Thick Thick Slide alders... i'm sorry maybe i was on the wrong page, but i thought crawling through a maze of bendy, crap barly making 1km/h to be fairy thick... Lol! There arn't any pictures here to do justice... maybe just because while we were going throught it we wern't thinking of picutres it stoped raining around 11pm, while we carried on late into the night.. or morning... very vauge on that.

I'll do Day 2 tomorow. i have to run...
Enjoy'

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Moses
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God fearin' music packin' animal BBQin' funny trip reportin'.... cheese lovin' MH lover who skinny dips in Ling secret lakes

Somewhere between pomp & circumstance, British Columbia
Canada

1412 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  9:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.

Perhaps it was Ronbo after the Montana's event.
Looks like an awesome trip. Oh, and Gerry, thanks for not keeping this location 'secret'.

Russ, hahaha.

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trigger
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New Westminster, BC
Canada

1138 Posts

 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  10:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great pictures of the rocks. That Scat is something else makes you realize how big they really are.

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Tad Tired
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 Posted - 05/27/2004 :  10:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great effort. Well done. Long hard days. Impressive. A wild place.

quote:
The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.
quote:
You must have big "Brass Ones"


They did up untill that 2nd water crossing
quote:

Clendinning Creek Headwaters


Brrr!

gchicalo
Intermediate Member


Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
Canada

534 Posts

 Posted - 05/29/2004 :  08:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


It was pretty rainy that first afternoon. When darkness fell route-finding became more difficult. A headlamp with a focusable beam was useful. I don't seem to remember much of the night hike, just the usual hallucinations and distortion of distances.

gchicalo
Intermediate Member


Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
Canada

534 Posts

 Posted - 06/01/2004 :  10:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Kind of hard to see, but this chipmunk scampered around as we approached then jumped into a crack in a rock.
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