Graham and I summited Bluerock Mountain, but first some shots from Yam

Quick zip up Yam


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I had a lunch time window, so I went for a zip up Yam. From car to summit, it took 97 minutes to get to this view.


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Looking towards Wendell Mountain East Peak. This was the original target of the day.


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A better look at the main Wendell summit.


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Some of the cliff bands on the front of Yam.


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Mean-looking limestone on the front side of Yam.


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The scree on the front side of Yam surfs reasonably well.


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Of all the times I've climbed Yam, this was actually the first time I successfully found the right climber's trail
to come back to the car. I found this cool little waterfall on the exit trail that I had never seen before.

The path that Garmin told me I followed is HERE but
I had Ultratrac on (battery-savings mode), so it's not that accurate. The exit path is HERE


Graham and Paul do a Barn Burner on Bluerock Mountain - some photos courtesy of Graham


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While a number of the trip reports we had seen for Bluerock called it out as a 2 day outing, we decided to throw
caution to the wind and give it a whirl to celebrate Graham being done school. Here's Graham with his new car
which I've tentatively named 'Jefferson'. An early start (my alarm went off at 3:55am) meant we were on trail
as the sun was rising, just after almost smoking a herd of elk on the road in.


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We found this on trail and initially thought it was sheep fur. You'll see what it actually was a bit further down.


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There was really only one creek crossing and we found a log to use to get across. Good choice leaving water shoes at home!


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Our first nice view of the morning gave us some nice light on the East summit of Mt Burns. It turns out that
Mt Burns is actually a huge massif with a large footprint that was pretty much all around us through the Sheep River Valley. Nice blue sky morning on this day, which was most appreciated since the last few months have been really wet.


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This is the first look we had of Bluerock Mountain (right horizon line).


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First good view of Bluerock from the forested section.


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After getting to the end of the actual trail (about ~2.5 hours), we were faced with this rock face as our entrance to
Bluerock. The path goes up the right horizon, and breaches the main rock face through a few gaps in the rock.
Graham is showing that he's afraid of what's coming up!

Look around the Sheep river Valley



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After clearing the first hurdle, we were then treated to a nice view of the next hurdle. Some scramblers take the long way around
(way down to the bottom left here), but we went right up the chimney (just in the shade here) to gain the next false summit.


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A better view of the chimney with me for perspective.


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Graham enjoying some relaxed ridge walking on this morning.


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A good look at our next target (again still in the shade) to get up the chimney.


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A look back the way we came. The larger fin-shaped peak is Shunga-La-She, a weirdly-named peak that does show up on my panoramic from
the deck, so I'll have to go back and do that one sometime. According to Gillean Daffern, the name means 'the mountain white man shit on',
although I'm not convinced that is the total story. For instance 'shunga' is a Japanese term for erotic art, mostly done in woodprints
so I'm sure there's a better story that needs to be uncovered here. SHUNGA .


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Graham going up the chimney. I'd call this the crux of this scramble, although to be fair, I never really felt
unstable or uncomfortable on this climb, so it's likely a 'moderate' scramble.


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Graham took a shot as he's heading up the chimney.


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Graham getting up the crux.


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After clearing that section and wrapping around the next peak, that placed us squarely on the last section
of this scramble, a few hundred metres of ridge walking to gain the true summit.


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True summit is the second peak on the left.


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We found the cave that Bob Spirko called out in his post. Graham is pretending to be afraid of the
gremlins living inside the cave here.


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Cave icicles.

Video of shattering icicles in the cave



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Graham thought the story of my balls falling out of my shorts and my wife being upset about it was funny. So he took this just before I
squatted to drop in between these rocks. Cool look with this balanced stone here though.


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Nice balancing. These rocks are only a freeze-thaw away from a long drop.


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Last summit push to the top.


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Push to the summit.

View from summit of Bluerock showing that we can see Mt Rae among other great peaks from here



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Me on the summit of Bluerock Mountain.


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Summit panorama - thanks Graham! You can see Mt Tyrwhitt and Rae here along with possibly all the way to the Abruzzi Glacier and
Mt Lancaster in the Height of the Rockies Prov Park.


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We found a bit of snow still, even though this was the last day of June and we're only at ~2650m.


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Same balanced rock, but with the perspective of the rock ridge that forms the view from Okotoks.


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Not a bad look around with cool limestone to play on.


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Descending the chimney section on this scramble.


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Close-up of Graham getting down the chimney.


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Me coming down the chimney.


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Walking out after the chimney.


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I couldn't quite get the macro focus right on this shooting star (dodecatheon), but the colour was outstanding.
We actually saw a ridiculous number of beautiful Forget-me-Nots, shooting stars, and loads of flowers I
couldn't identify, but Graham knew them all.


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Some of the gorgeous wildflowers we saw on this day. Note the stunning Forget-Me-Nots (deep blue-purple).


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Nice work Graham in capturing a good shot of what I think is a blue aster or a fleabane, but Graham will correct me.


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I think this is Jacob's ladder (per my Ben Gadd handbook) but again Graham will correct me if I'm wrong.
CORRECTION - Graham corrected me as this is silky scorpion weed or 'Duncan flower'.


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Nice field of wildflowers right at treeline at the end of the Bluerock Mountain trail, before it turns to scrambling.


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Panoramic of beautiful wildflowers.


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It turns out it was this bad boy (and his family) that made the fur explosion on trail. These are coyotes
and were likely massacred by a hungry cougar (or cougars).
CORRECTION - Louis tells me that the hair mat is much more likely deer hair, and that it's more likely that
a cougar was eating the deer when the coyotes came along. The cougar then opportunistically ate the coyotes
who came into the kill site. Thanks Lou!


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A couple of coyote carcasses.


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Coyote carcass with me poking it.


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A sweet shot of some 'tree nuts' on the way out from Bluerock.

Garmin Connect link to our path, although beware that I had Ultratrac on again HERE .

We made the summit in 5 hours 20 minutes, lingered at the top for ~45 minutes, and took about 5 hours on the exit.

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A look at the trail we covered in perspective of the area.


Some leftover work photos


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Great picture of Crazy Carl in his car.


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Photo of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Richmond, BC.


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Good reminder for all of us in sales.

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