2016-09-17/18 – Molybdenite with Josh

An overnight trip up to Molybdenite Lake and a peak near Molybdenite peak. Was supposed to be 2 nights, but we got soaked riding out on the Saturday and it wasn’t fun, so when the Monday forecast looked bad, we did the “iron butt” thing and ran for home Sunday night.

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I put up a separate album for this trip. You’ll see why in a minute.

The trip started with me in rain gear heading to 9am the ferry.

Getting to the ferry.
Getting to the ferry.

From there, I met up with Josh in Burnaby… still raining, sometimes heavy, sometimes light. I  met Josh shortly after 11:30am, and we headed NE out of Burnaby, up the #7 through Maple ridge,  Harrison Mills, Aggassiz, and up the canyon. We finally stopped at Yale for gas and I downed a coffee to warm up. We were both pretty cold and wet. Fortunately, the weather forecasts suggested that instead of 15-25mm of rain (in Vancouver), Lytton and Lilloet were only supposed to have a 60% chance of showers… So the farther up the canyon we went, the dryer we expected to be. Anyone who has see the various forests would be inclined to agree with the forecast… heavy wet-coast fir forests down on the delta, and the sparse pine forests up by Lillooet… long story short, it did dry up… after several hours in the wet. This was shot just north of Yale at 2:30pm.

First
First “real” break in the rain. Just north of Yale.

We managed to get up to Boston Bar by 3:30, got gas and proceeded across the bridge over the Fraser and continued up the west side of the valley.

We made some of the normal stops and explorations

Possibly a fire fighter staging area... beautiful grassy area below the power lines.
Possibly a fire fighter staging area… beautiful grassy area below the power lines.

After another bit of rain, and some more hours of riding, and various considered and rejected campsites, we found a plateau that wasn’t cleared, and didn’t seem to be occupied. This was probably 20 km N of Lytton (50.405,-121.684).

Campsite.
Campsite.
View along the plateau, tents in the distance.
View along the plateau, tents in the distance.
pano of the view over the river from the campsite
pano of the view over the river from the campsite

We hit a split in the road and were not sure which way to go, turns out the lake was straight, and the summit was the right hand turn. We suspected as much, and decided to try the lake first.

I wish I’d spent a little more time working on HDR images, the contrast was just too high. The sky is all blown out, and even so, the trees and foreground are dark.

Josh at the shore of Molybdenite lake.
Josh at the shore of Molybdenite lake.

 

Molybdenite Lake, from above.
Molybdenite Lake, from above.
Bike near the summit, the 4x4'ers were digging the snow out of the inside track... which caused a slight delay.
Bike near the summit, the 4×4’ers were digging the snow out of the inside track… which caused a slight delay.

As panoramas go, the phone doesn’t do the best of jobs, but it is easy, and this is a 360 left to right and over the top pano, it also seemed to handle the HDR pretty well… in short it worked well.

It is difficult to remember the scale of things, even when you’ve got “mountain” in mind…

Josh, walking the last .5 km or so.
View SE from the summit.
View SE from the summit.
Josh ... ugh, we're not supposed to do this...
Josh … ugh, we’re not supposed to do this…

click for big, small will look silly in wordpress. view to N.
click for big, small will look silly in wordpress. view to N.
another image best clicked on for the BIG version. This is the valley up to the lake... which we rode up first/earlier.
another image best clicked on for the BIG version. This is the valley up to the lake… which we rode up first/earlier.
And the alpine meadow... shot on the way back down. click for big
And the alpine meadow… shot on the way back down. click for big

Right… one last shot for navigation…

See the green rock on the left? If you're at this intersection, go straight for the lake, go right to go up to the peak.
See the green rock on the left? If you’re at this intersection, go straight for the lake, go right to go up to the peak.