Owl-Tenquille Traverse July 2018
Over the course of 7 days, guide Sam McKoy and a group of 3 Pemberton teens took part in a hike above the Pemberton valley along the Owl-Tenquille divide. This hike through the transitional mountain zone follows along old prospecting routes and an alpine divide of beautiful peaks. Read on to follow the photo essay.
We started the route from the valley bottom amongst Saskatoon berries and old Douglas Fir. With soaring temperatures, shade here was welcome!
Some rough hiking followed, but eventually opened up to alpine views and lakes to cool off in.
Unfortunately, mosquitos plagued us for the first few days of the trip. Bug nets necessary!
The next day we continued to connect with the Chain Lakes Trail and then follow up to Fowl Lakes for our second camp.
Our third day involved hiking up through beautiful large granite boulders to gain the high ridgetop.
We hiked amongst the beautiful alpine before dropping packs to hike up to the summit of Mount Ronayne. From here we could get the full panorama!
In camp we enjoyed amazing sunset views, practicing route planning, eating delicious food and playing games in a spectacular area.
Day 4 we awoke to cool mist and shrouded skies. A nice break from the heavy sun we had been receiving.
Hiking through alpine meadows led us to a boot skiing descent. We then traversed a large talus boulder field to reach Ogre Lake.
From the lake we crawled up beautiful meadowy fields amongst where a grizzly had been turning up roots.
From the alpine lakes we clambered higher to circumnavigate Mount Barbour to reach Gingerbread Lake for our next camp.
The next day cold clouds with hail and wind came over our camp. We opted to take a rest day to wander the alpine and playcard games
While playing cards, the siren whistler of some Hoary Marmots alerted us to a passing juvenile wolf.
In the evening, the clouds opened up and we explored the lakes edge to experience the views and an amazing sunset.
On day 6 a big pot of dehydrated apples for a deluxe chai oatmeal to start the day. We followed the high alpine divide to reach the meadows and cabin at Tenquille Lake.
Our final day, day 7, was the 1200m descent to the Pemberton Valley to finish our trip. A journey fuelled by pancakes!
Interested in joining us on a similar adventure? Contact us about a custom adventure or to inquire about adventures we have going!