2 of 7 – GR’s of Upper Canyon Creek – November 24, 2007
Ryan: 643 m, Jeri:
Total elevation gain: approx. 800 m
Roundtrip time: 9:10
Scrambling with Mark.
Not a tribute to Jeri Ryan – a.k.a. “7 of 9” of “Star Trek: Voyager” fame, although she certainly did come to mind when we ended up reaching the summits of 2 of the 7 GR’s of Upper Canyon Creek - not for any specific reason, other than she’s totally hot!
The intended objective was the
GR south of
Atop the rockband, an easy hike brought us to the summit of Ryan. The weather was very windy, but the skies were clear above us. As well, a little snow added dramatically to the scenery and views – far better than the scenery of two previous trips to the area (1, 2).
The traverse from Ryan to Jeri was fantastic. Although I had completed this traverse earlier in the year, it was done under cloudy skies and as a solo scrambler. I was therefore reluctant to tackle terrain that was more challenging. With Mark and some climbing gear we would attempt to stay on the fascinating ridge throughout.
Unfortunately, the honeymoon was short lived and after ascending a short step of great quality rock, we arrived at an overhanging drop-off that would have to be rappelled down. We had the necessary gear, but I knew we could back up and walk around the obstacle and leaving an unnecessary rap sling on the mountain didn’t sit well with us. In fact, we ended up taking much the same route I had done so previously. Nevertheless, the unique rock scenery was again stunning.
The ascent to the summit of Jeri was also a pleasant scrambling experience on slabby terrain. We used the rope for the final steep section, instead of bypassing it on the right side, as I had done in August of this year. Although the wind was strong throughout the ascent, it was almost non-existent at the summit. We were able to relax and enjoy a magnificent summit panorama as well as get warmed up.
We couldn’t leave without at least checking out a
potential route north to
For descent, we intended to use our original ascent line up the south side of Jeri, but decided it might be interesting to return to Ryan with the intention on staying on the ridge – trying to upclimb it would be significantly easier than downclimbing. We arrived at the start of the climbing in windy conditions that were definitely the worst of the day. Yet again, the attempt was abandoned and we slogged 15 minutes back up Jeri and then took the very easy descent route as originally planned.
A more than worthwhile return to a terrific area.
Sunrise in the other direction
Tiara Peak gets some morning sun
Mark checks out a potential climbing route up the first rockband
Looking for a way around the second rockband
A little hands-on scrambling to gain the ridge
Mark at the summit of Ryan
Looking to Peak 3 of the 7 GR's of Upper Canyon Creek
A partial summit panorama; Mount Bryant at the left
Peak 3 trying to look Himalayan (and doing a pretty good job of it!)
Circumventing the difficulties of the ridge;
we could have rappelled
down the left face of the pinnacle but opted not to
More of the terrific rock scenery on the way to Jeri
Peak 3 and an interesting cloud
Peak 3 and some interesting pinnacles
Slogging back up to the ridge
Mark on the ridge
Same as above
Near the lowpoint with Jeri ahead
A curious fractured slab
The ridge of Jeri, with Tiara Peak to the right
More of the slabby ridge
Mark ascends the slabs
The crux step of the ridge
Ascending the step
Looking back along the ridge
Mark walks along the ridge; Moose Mountain at the distant right
View to the north
At the summit of Jeri
The potential route to Tiara Peak