Everytime I think in Pemberton first thing that came to my mind are the seed potatoes (In 1967 Pemberton was the first commercial seed potatoe area in the world to grow virus-free seed potatoes), the shortcut to Goldbridge via Hurley Road and Tenquille Lake.
During the week I was dreaming of seeing Tenquille Lake covered by snow, early Saturday I convince myself in trying to reach the place.
I started my hike going uphill all the time, very soon I realized I wasn't the only one around. Fresh bear poo, the owner of this one was a Black bear, Grizzly bear poo will have little bells in it and smell like pepper.
On my way up I have some views of Lillooet River, this river has been providing sport for whitewater kayakers since the invention of fibreglass. The Lillooet River can be treacherous, owing to the numbers of submerged sweepers brought down into the river as a result of logging and slope instability, particularly in the Meager Creek drainage.
Close to this area there is a volcano called Mount Meager. Canada's only producing pumice mine is on the northeast side of Mount Meager. The explosive nature of past eruptions at Mount Meager suggests that this volcano poses a significant long-distance threat to communities across southern British Columbia and Alberta..
Back to my hike, I had to cross some avalanche areas. Fortunately they are not very difficult.
The snow appeared at around 1000 m (3280 ft), initially I put my snowshoes but the hardened snow was very difficult to cross. Finally I get rid off of the snowshoes and I continue my hike on the traditional way. The hike was more difficult than I expected, last time I only needed 30 minutes to cross this part of the hike, this time I spend 90 minutes.
Finally I reached the valley of the Wolverine with Goat Peak in front of me. At about 1500 m (5000 ft) I tried to cross Wolverine Creek, the problem was, I couldn't see a safe place to do the crossing.
On my left I have views of Copper Mound.
I decided to walk parallel to the creek, very soon I reached Tenquille Pass and on my left I have views of Tenquille Mountain.
It was already 4:00 p.m. and according to my coordinates I was still 1.5 km away from the lake, I have already spend 5 hours going uphill and I was exhausted, the last 5 kms were quite hard on me. For a second I though in spending the night on the old cabin close to the lake, but I told Dick about my outing and I was supposed to called him back at 9:00 p.m..
Elevation 1632m N 50'32.171" W 122'56.880"
Time to stop and have a quick snack with Mount Ipsoot on the background. "Ipsoot" means "hidden" or "to hide" in the Chinook Jargon. This seems to have been chosen as the name for Ipsoot Mtn because the peak, and the icefield, are hidden from the valley below.
To be honest, the first 8 kms of my descent very quite painful on my knees, thank goodness I was carrying my poles. Today's hike was one of the best tests to know my limits so I don't get stranded in future outings.
On my way back I found the owner of the poo. It was getting dark so I was more than prepared to expect an encounter. During the heat of the day, Black bears will seek share in dense underbrush.
Do you know Black bears (Ursus americanus) originated in Asia and migrated to North America over time?