Ascent of Mount Seton on 2018-05-27

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Date:Sunday, May 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Seton
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:9367 ft / 2855 m

Ascent Trip Report

Interim Trip Report

The Downton Creek Road is off the main Duffy Lake road between Pemberton and Lillooet, just N of the Cottonwood Forestry service campground. The Downton Creek Road is blocked by debris/ avalanche at 3 km and between 3km and 5 km there are 4 more similar blockages. Otherwise the gravel road quality is good and bridges intact. The Trailhead starts at c9.5 km ( over river- do not take short zig zag forest track just before the river). You ascend with the river from the Saddleback lakes on your right the whole way.

There is a taped path through the brash/ new trees then a well trod track through the trees, albeit with fallen trees to navigate. You then traverse an avalanche zone with fresh and old avalanches for c 500m before re entering the forest- many soft snow patches and tape/ foot trod hard to follow. The river is rarely more than 10 m on your right.

We emerged in a lower corrie/ clearing with stunted pines, spring flowers and snow patches after c 3 hours at 2000m . Here we camped. We took the right hand valley following the main stream to the higher corrie ( c 35 mins- no path/tape) with partly melted Saddle back lakes, ground mainly snow- covered. The summit is not obvious as it is set back at about 'one o'clock' . We ascended at 'eleven o clock,' up a pleasant snow slope with firm scree patches, then followed the broad ridge right ( clockwise)- inclusive of a superb easy -if loose- scramble before an easy firm scree ascent up the broad ridge of the summit. We descended more directly via a steep snow gully at 'twelve o'clock' ie left of the summit- presumably steep scree in summer.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Downton Creek
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp

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