Ascent of Golden Hinde on 2018-08-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Pete Ellis
Date:Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Golden Hinde
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7208 ft / 2196 m

Ascent Trip Report

From SE, trail from Westmin most of way to summit, generally well marked, rugged in places. Some YDS4 on summit climb, foot of SE couloir. 3 quite tough days, hiking to Arnica Lake on first evening worked well for us, with summit bid from Mt Burman north ridge campsite and 3rd night at Carter Lake.

Sun: After morning ascent of H'Kusam, big lunch at Campbell River then round to Westmin trailhead. Plenty vehicles and nowhere to camp, so 3hrs up to Arnica Lake, camping at dusk. Mosquitos not bad.

Mon: cool morning, smoky from mainland wildfires, away 0630. Good trail along Phillips Ridge, bypassing east summit 1732 on 50k map, hand levelling back from west summit (1731, trig bolt #34) the two are very similar height. Via 1706m and c.1630m (c90 prom) summits, down to col, flagged trail descends L then angles R thru woodland to cross Carter Lake outflow then steeply up to follow L bank of lake, some boulder hopping, ignoring false steep trail L, at N end crossing creek and following it upstream, trail all the way, over col to larger Schjelderup Lake, boulder hopping trail following L bank, climbing steeply near N end to avoid a crag, then down to campsite at N end, group of youngsters, impressed they've made it here, 2 have done H'Kusam Klimb several times. Wash in lake then after 1hr break take rising traverse path onto Burman N ridge which we follow down to tarns where we camp with Golden Hinde looming out of the hazy smoke. Lovely spot. Quite tough 11hr day.

Tue: from Burman N ridge tarns, 4h up, 30mins at summit, 2h40 down. Abundant tasty huckleberries! Good cairned trail to climbers tarn, scree ascent to gully, cairns at top lead up grassy reentrant, scree above angling up R, meltwater stream just before start of the SE Gully marked by white granite dike. Small snowfield above, we scramble up moat to R, alternative is class 4 chimneys 15m to R marked by cairn, we descended that way, a little easier I thought. Upper part of gully straightforward, then easily to summit up to R - boulder at N49.66274° W125.74706°, 2199m, close to expected elevation.

Hazy views, Behinde looking superb, Elkhorn just visible. Nice sunny day, least smoky of the three. Summit has boulder at highpoint, BC trig bolt #27 and geodesic trig plaque. Down after 30 mins. Once below the gully, scree skiing makes the descent to climbers tarn quite quick. Then hot hike out, passing 2 parties both making long summit bid from Carter Lake. Back across the Chasm, rest for an hour then move camp to S end Carter Lake to shorten tomorrow's effort, passing a solo English lad heading in. Hinde still in view a lofty hazy outline.

Wed: out to trailhead in 9h, smokier today. We detour to Phillips Ridge east summit, hand level tends to support old 50k mapping which has east 1m higher than west, but too close to call. 9h from Carter Lake to Westmin trailhead. About 2h short of 2 days. Into Campbell River for motel. Then Victoria Peak 2 days later.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5994 ft / 1826 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5994 ft / 1826 m
    Distance:37.3 mi / 60 km
    Start Trailhead:1214 ft / 370 m
Descent Statistics

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