Tim Jones Peak (2nd Pump)

December 22, 2017

1425m

North Shore Mountains, BC

Over the past decade a group of local hikers and mountaineers had been working on assigning the “second peak of Mt. Seymour”, or the “2nd Pump” an official name in honour of Tim Jones, a long time member of North Shore Rescue. The status was finally approved by the government in 2016 so now all three summits of Mt. Seymour have separate (official) names. To me this means they are three different peaks despite the lack of prominence of the former two. I’ve hiked to the top of 1st summit (Pump Peak) in the summer of 2009 as a high school student, and I’ve attained the 3rd (true) summit of Mt. Seymour in February of 2016 as a winter climb. Now with the second peak gaining its official status I just had to come back, and “claim” it as well – as typical a peak-bagger’s mindset as it is.

An ascent of Tim Jones Peak is a no-brainer at any time of a year and for the sake of this reason I was nowhere particularly keen on this outing. The decision was a completely spontaneous last-minute call as I virtually didn’t make up my mind until 1 pm of the day. In fact I wasn’t planning to get out at all but then a clearing trend towards north and west made me change my mind. I spent about half an hour packing up and then off I went. The traffic in the city wasn’t terrible but not smooth neither that I didn’t start the hike until almost 3 pm. That’s not a bad timing actually as I would just watch sunset from the summit. Seems like perfect plan.

Winter ascent route for Pump Peak and Tim Jones Peak

After the parking lot gong show I joined the hordes marching up the packed Seymour main trail. The snowshoes stayed strapped on my backpack as they were absolutely not required on this day.. By the time I reached Brockton Point I didn’t feel like having done enough warm-up yet. The south face of Pump Peak was heavily tracked out by skiers with a fat boot-packing trail in the middle. I had never done this “winter direct” variation and I have to say this line looked uber sexy comparing to the boring trail option so why not. The hike to the base of Pump Peak’s south slopes required a bit of post-holing on undulating terrain but still, the snowshoes weren’t required.

Thanks to the popularity of Mt. Seymour all trails were hard packed

Some sections of the trail was wide as highway

Lots of resort skiers coming down from the top of Mystery Peak

This is somewhere on Brockton Point.

First unobstructed view of the south side of Pump Peak.

A closer look at the south face Conga Line

Hiking towards the base of that face.

Once starting up the face the grade was actually not as steep as appeared from afar. It’s mostly a 35-40 degree ish staircase walk following the heavy boot steps. The snowpack stability wasn’t a concern on this particular aspect and in no time I topped out. The hike to the actual summit of Pump Peak required a bit of extra work (unexpected) and post-holing but the views were really good now under the evening lighting.

About halfway up the face, looking sideways across to the west

Trenching up…

Heavy boot traffics on this slopes. This is looking east

Looking down at the many bumps of lower Seymour plateau…

This is a neat cornice.

Looking at the summit of Pump Peak. Note the snowboarder in foreground

On the summit of Pump Peak now looking ahead..

Another view from the summit of Pump Peak.

Not doing much lingering I soon turned my attention to the next peak aka. Tim Jones Peak, but first of all I had to lose about 50 meters of elevation down to the saddle. The snowshoes were still not required. The heavy foot traffic continued on upwards towards Tim Jones Peak and my job was as simple as following the beaten peak to the summit. I got there about a couple minutes after sunset with the evening horizons towards all directions.

The sun’s getting very low now. I had to hurry up a bit.

My shadow on the virgin snow.

Looking back at the summit block of Pump Peak

Tim Jones Peak ahead. It’s looking bigger now

This is the gully I’d be grinding up.

Just about to start the gully, lookin’ back

Pump Peak at evening light.

The gradual change of colour shows the sun’s slowly setting.

About only a dozen meters below the summit I got to see the north side.

Partial summit panorama from Tim Jones Peak. Click to view large size.

The last lights on the south face of Meslilloet Mountain

The last bits of alpenglow on Mamquam Mountain

It was cold and windy so after taking the mandatory pictures I decided to slowly retreat. I didn’t bother to take picture on the descent anymore as my camera does not work in low light and I simply did not have the patience to play with the tripod and settings in this cold temperature. There’s also no point in down-climbing my ascent route so down the hiker’s trail I went. The trail was slippery as expected but didn’t impose too much of an issue with my Nepal Evos and the microspikes stayed in my backpack as well. The rest of the hike back to the parking lot was a pretty short and fluent process but had lots of up-and-downs in the micro-terrain. The drive home was without event.

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