Ascent of Victoria Peak on 2016-07-02

Climber: Stephen Wheeler

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Randy Bosma
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Victoria Peak
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7083 ft / 2158 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approached from Sayward side along the White River Main and took WR 500 up to a clear cut on northwest side. Essentially we then walked over to the west side and followed the trail we previously used which is reached by driving in from Gold River. It is a much easier climb up from there. When moving along the ridge you stay to the south and follow the ramps up to the ledge. It then requires a short free climb of 10 feet with about 50 feet of exposure. By this time the weather was most foul. Visibilty was down to about 100 feet. Tom decided to wait for Randy and I.
We got to a snow patch where Randy belayed me and he decided not to cross. I then went up by myself. I stayed too far to the right (south) and climbed the false peak. The visibility was down to about 30 feet and the wind was gale force. I then scrambeled across the north side to the true peak. I could not see the exposure but it is in the range of 2000 feet. I was able to get to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3800 ft / 1158 m
    Trailhead:3283 ft / 1000 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
Initially low clouds but became very poor visibility at noon.

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