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Campion Mountain

My original plan for the 2nd day was Swift Mountain. But the amount of snow I just encountered the day before made me start reevaluating the plan. I couldn't drive up any part of the logging road which means 15km one way of post-holing and trail-breaking, with 1750m elevation gain... Considering I still had plan on the 3rd day, I had to save some energy. So the small peak in front of the big Robson jumped into my plan.

The summit is barely above treeline, and to get there, you have to bushwhack all the way up. There's no trail, not even animal trail. I got this idea by just looking at the map: it's a named mountain, barely above treeline, and the contour lines suggest a straightforward ascent. The location guarantees great views in a clear day.

I could have started the slog from Robson information center, but when I got there, I could see a little bump between me and Campion Mountain. This could make confusion while bushwhacking. So I continued to drive up Highway 16 for 4-5km ish, and parked right after a small bridge.

There was only a thin layer of snow at the lower section, but the ground was frozen solid. This made things extremely slippery. I put crampons on right at the beginning, and they helped a lot. Initially the bushwhacking wasn't too bad, but the higher I went, the more deadfalls. Having crampons on my feet means I could simply walk on these snow covered deadfalls without slipping. There're tens of dead alders as well. If doing this in summer, the bush would be much harder to negotiate.

It was all about perseverance: just going uphill. After eternity, the snow got knee deep and the forest starts to get thinner. Time to change to snowshoes. More post-holing on snowshoes, I eventually topped out on the ridge. WOW!! This could be the best viewpoint for Robson/Resplendent's south face! I followed the scenic ridge crest towards the summit. It was longer than expected though. There're actually a few trees on the summit.

Due to the coldness, I didn't do the necessary summit stay. I slowly retraced my footprints down the ridge, and then down the treed face. Round Trip Time: 6.5 hours

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Mount Robson
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Mount Robson
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Typical bushwhacking
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Typical bushwhacking
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Typical bushwhacking
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Typical bushwhacking
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More bushwhacking
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Mount Robson
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Whitehorn & Phillips
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Robson
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Resplendent Mountain
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Looking towards Rocky Mtn Trench
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Looking towards Rocky Mtn Trench
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Cinnamon Peak
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Resplendent
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Alpland Ridge
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Overlander Mountain
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Overlander Mountain
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Me on the summit
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Robson
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Resplendent
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Robson
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The Dome
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Resplendent Mountain
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Whitehorn Mountain
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Cinnamon Peak
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Mount Phillips
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Fraser River Valley
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Fraser River Valley
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Moose Lake
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Lenticular clouds above Robson
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Lenticular clouds above Robson
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Resplendent Mountain
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