Ascent of Mount Cokely on 2011-06-15

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cokely
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:1619 m / 5312 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A very good, if strenuous, hike and scramble, with the aid of snowshoes for the upper 500 vertical meters. I went up via the old Arrowsmith trail, from Cameron Lake. This trail is an old-school gruelling switchback climb that takes one from 200 m to about 1000 m above sea level, then it eases off - and then one hits loads of snow in the thinning forest. I left my heavy pack and camping gear at around 1100 by a streamside and did the upper slopes with a light daypack. Very thick, late snowpack on the West Coast this year; I had to contend with up to 10 ft of spring snow in the final portion. Met up with some backcountry skiers who were getting their turns in. Excellent overnight camping in what is a empty, off-the beaten path mountain this time of the year. Summit views rank with the best I've seen, spaning both maritime and mountains.
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Terrain in the summit section of Mount Cokely. Note the tracks across the snowfield - it was a heavy snow cover in the 2011 season.- Views towards Georgia Strait, Beaufort Mountains and Denman and Hornby Islands (2011-06-15). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1400 m / 4593 ft
    Elevation Loss:1400 m / 4593 ft
    Grade/Class:mostly a hike, steep
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1400 m / 4593 ft
    Route:Old Arrowsmith trail and north slopes
    Trailhead:Cameron Lake  219 m / 719 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1400 m / 4593 ft
    Route:same as ascent
    Trailhead:Cameron Lake  219 m / 719 ft
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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