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Mount Louie

Difficulty: 
Easy Winter Hike
Elevation [m]: 
1840
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
11.1
Net Elevation Gain [m]: 
724
Ascent Time: 
2:45
Bushwhackyness: 
None
Tripdate: 
Friday, February 22, 2013

Headed up to Grande Cache for a weekend trip of winter peakbagging. This was both my first time in the Grande Cache area and first time on a trip with Eric after trading a bunch of emails back and forth with him over the last few months. We left town early in the morning and planned a short plod up Mount Louie to get a feel for conditions in the area. Mount Louie is in the Grande Cache tourism boards Passport To the Peaks Program which is included in a very expensive 60$ guidebook (apparently you get your name on a plaque at the tourism office if you bag all of them). As described in the guidebook setting out from the Cowlick Creek staging area and following a farily obvious (even when snow covered) trail up the long ridge towards the summit, just barely cresting over treeline. Not much to say about the trek up, there are a few steep bits and there are quite a few slippery rocks when snow covered but it is still just a hike up. Not that most ideal weather today with clouds flowing around carried by a fiercly chilling wind. Up on the summit Eric tried to get the stamp from the summit mailbox for his guidebook but despite all the force we could muster it didn't seem to emboss the seal at all. After looking across the valley for a bit taking in what views we could it was back down the same way we came, head into town for a bit and then make our way to our bivy site half way up the trail to Lightning Ridge.

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