Ascent of Overseer Mountain on 2018-08-29

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Pete Ellis
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Overseer Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:9019 ft / 2748 m

Ascent Trip Report

Timing: from "4WD" trailhead, 6h30 to Harrison hut, 5h30 to summit, 4h30 back to hut, 5h45 back to trailhead. Trail built by VOC is good, advisable to register for hut in advance (not bookable but gives an indication of numbers, can accommodate 15); hut is cosy with wood stove and coleman cooking stove (bring your own fuel, also sleeping bag and pad). NOTE access to trailhead (Lillooet South FSR) currently unpredictable due to logging - be prepared to wait a few hours or drive round the gate if you have the right vehicle. Also the road can be closed if temps exceed 30C, due to landslide risk.

We drove in Tues am, 2km gate open, 23km gate closed but not locked, drove up to 4WD trailhead (a little loose and steep at one point, may be doable in standard car?) - trail map sign and trail heading R (NW) well marked with orange triangles. Crosses several small creeks good for drinking water, and halfway point (another sign board) joins old logging road for a while (excavator and chainsaws working, to recommission the road for logging perhaps) then crosses 3 major creeks of which 2 bridged and one a boulder hop (fairly easy for us before and after a day's rain).

5 mins before and 40m below the hut is a nice water source, in reentrant at foot of large boulder, a short way L (N) of trail. Harrison hut (GPS N50.52062° W123.43187°, 1715m) is the 'wrong' (S) side of main creek but easily reached via large stepping stones. Comfy night and lateish start Weds am due rain forecast for morning, which unfortunately lasts until mid pm when we're nearly back down. Glacier straightforward, straight up from hut, a few crevasses easily spotted (dry glacier) on ascent, bear L at saddle, more crevasses partly hidden by snow, down to next junction then steeply up glacier to R (more crevasses easily seen), with Overseer on L. We reach ridge by a chossy diagonal, going a bit too far R and gaining S ridge by a YDS4 chimney, avoidable via a chossy YDS3 gully to L. Then up S ridge in rain and wind, some YDS3, outcrop at highpoint. Brief stop then carefully back down ridge, slippery with wet lichen and ridge line not obvious in poor visibility, glad of our GPS tracks. Cloud low but generally above glacier.

Back at hut in belated sunshine, drying wet gear in sun then with the Hut stove. Out at 7 next morning, trailhead by 1pm, back in Pemberton by 3pm after some determined driving by Petter to get the Cherokee past the unexpectedly locked gate at km 2.

This is the first peak Petter and I have climbed together for a couple of years; next we all climb Wedge
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6066 ft / 1848 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6066 ft / 1848 m
    Distance:21.7 mi / 35 km
    Start Trailhead:2953 ft / 900 m
Descent Statistics

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