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!

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Colourful Oregon Grape along the trail

Colourful Oregon Grape along the trail

Our only bear on the trip was a black bear nonchalantly eating berries near us.

Our only bear on the trip was a black bear nonchalantly eating berries near us.

Some rough hiking followed, but eventually opened up to alpine views and lakes to cool off in.

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Overlooking the Pemberton Valley with Mt Currie in the background.

Overlooking the Pemberton Valley with Mt Currie in the background.

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Unfortunately, mosquitos plagued us for the first few days of the trip. Bug nets necessary!

Evening card game in camp.

Evening card game in camp.


The next day we continued to connect with the Chain Lakes Trail and then follow up to Fowl Lakes for our second camp.

Meadow walking

Meadow walking

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Bush wacking

Bush wacking

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Evening plunge in icy cold water

Evening plunge in icy cold water

Frying onions over a fire.

Frying onions over a fire.

View of the beautiful upper Fowl Lake

View of the beautiful upper Fowl Lake


Our third day involved hiking up through beautiful large granite boulders to gain the high ridgetop.

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Sean with the namesake Mount Ipsoot in the background.

Sean with the namesake Mount Ipsoot in the background.

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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!

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Sean approaching the summit with Sun God in the background.

Sean approaching the summit with Sun God in the background.

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In camp we enjoyed amazing sunset views, practicing route planning, eating delicious food and playing games in a spectacular area.

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Day 4 we awoke to cool mist and shrouded skies. A nice break from the heavy sun we had been receiving.

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Hiking through alpine meadows led us to a boot skiing descent. We then traversed a large talus boulder field to reach Ogre Lake. 

Cooking breakfast with a lightweight dutch oven. Cherry and apple crumble inside! 

Cooking breakfast with a lightweight dutch oven. Cherry and apple crumble inside! 

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From the lake we crawled up beautiful meadowy fields amongst where a grizzly had been turning up roots.

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From the alpine lakes we clambered higher to circumnavigate Mount Barbour to reach Gingerbread Lake for our next camp.

Again Mount Currie is visible in the background and Mount Ipsoot to the right.

Again Mount Currie is visible in the background and Mount Ipsoot to the right.

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Hiking overlooking the Lillooet River Valley and the Meager Group in the background.

Hiking overlooking the Lillooet River Valley and the Meager Group in the background.

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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

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While playing cards, the siren whistler of some Hoary Marmots alerted us to a passing juvenile wolf.

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In the evening, the clouds opened up and we explored the lakes edge to experience the views and an amazing sunset.

Hail falling when reportedly it was raining heavily in town.

Hail falling when reportedly it was raining heavily in town.

View high above the farm fields of Pemberton.

View high above the farm fields of Pemberton.

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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.

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Amazing alpine hiking with mountain views.

Amazing alpine hiking with mountain views.

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The old foundation of a building that occupied the area when a silver mine operated in the 30's in the area.

The old foundation of a building that occupied the area when a silver mine operated in the 30's in the area.

 
An old mine shaft from a silver mine in the early 30's

An old mine shaft from a silver mine in the early 30's

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Wooden walls for the first time in a week.

Wooden walls for the first time in a week.


Our final day, day 7, was the 1200m descent to the Pemberton Valley to finish our trip. A journey fuelled by pancakes!

Breakfast for 1! Maple syrup to boot.

Breakfast for 1! Maple syrup to boot.

 
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Big smiles from the fit team!

Big smiles from the fit team!


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