Arrowhead Mountain

December 31, 2015

2185m

Lizzie Creek / Lillooet Lake Road, BC

Arrowhead Mountain is one of the easiest objectives from Lizzie Creek Cabin and judging by the log book in the cabin it seems like this is also the most popular objective, both in summer and in winter. On the 7th day of our Christmas – New Year ski trip everybody was tired and demotivated, but I was still keen on tagging at least 2 more summits before leaving this pristine place. Ben agreed to join me while Alan and Alex opted for a rest day. Arrowhead and Tynemouth are more “skier friendly” than Anemone and Tabletop, so there’s where we were going.

Arrowhead Mountain and Tynemouth Mountain ski ascent route

Arrowhead Mountain and Tynemouth Mountain ski ascent route. GPX DL

To access this two peaks we’d once again, skin up the Long Lake’s outflow drainage and then across that boring lake. The skinning had become increasingly difficult over the days thank to the -20 degree temperature and the sunshine, but still manageable. Near the far end of Long Lake we veered left and up the gentle valley between Arrowhead and Long Peaks. That valley was very foreshortening and it took us a good while to reach Rainbow Lake which was directly below Arrowhead/Tynemouth col. We crossed the lake and ascended partway towards the col (which itself is named as Moraine Pass) before taking a sharp turn climber’s left up a “hidden” ramp system, and thank to a temperature inversion this south face soon became toasty and we felt hot even down to just t-shirt.

Skinning across Long Lake

Skinning across Long Lake

Up the broad valley between Long Peak and Arrowhead Mountain, looking back

Up the broad valley between Long Peak and Arrowhead Mountain, looking back

Arrowhead Mountain ahead

Arrowhead Mountain ahead

Looking ahead towards Moraine Pass (Arrowhead/Tynemouth col)

Looking ahead towards Moraine Pass (Arrowhead/Tynemouth col)

Ben skinning up this pristine valley

Ben skinning up this pristine valley

Gorgeous terrain all around!!

Gorgeous terrain all around!!

The ascent was nothing science from here as we’d simply plod our way up this ramp. The left side of this ramp was a bit exposed to some cliffs and the ramp itself had a steep roll about 2/3 of the way up. Near the top we traversed left underneath a giant boulder before plodding the last few meters to the summit. The summit was very spacious and we took a lengthy break up there.

Steep switchbacks up one steep roll

Steep switchbacks up one steep roll

Gaining height quickly

Gaining height quickly

The route we took was obvious

The route we took was obvious

Looking back towards the impressive Cloudraker Mountain - bagged the day before

Looking back towards the impressive Cloudraker Mountain – bagged the day before

Here we traversed left of the rock outcrop

Here we traversed left of the rock outcrop

Almost there

Almost there

Summit Panorama from Arrowhead Mountain. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama from Arrowhead Mountain. Click to view large size.

Anemone Peak

Anemone Peak

Tabletop Mountain

Tabletop Mountain

Meditation Mountain and Lindisfarne Mountain

Meditation Mountain and Lindisfarne Mountain

Tundra Peak

Tundra Peak

Caltha Peak - had we pushed we might can get it in a long day in this trip...

Caltha Peak – had we pushed we might can get it in a long day in this trip…

Mt. Skook Jim is that glaciated massive.

Mt. Skook Jim is that glaciated massive.

The Nahatlatch Peak massive

The Nahatlatch Peak massive

The summit block of Tynemouth Mountain. We attacked it from the left ridge

The summit block of Tynemouth Mountain. We attacked it from the left ridge

Diversion Peak doesn't look very winter friendly

Diversion Peak doesn’t look very winter friendly

Cloudraker Mountain with Nivalis/Sir Richard behind its left shoulder

Cloudraker Mountain with Nivalis/Sir Richard behind its left shoulder

Looking towards the endless peaks by Spearhead Range

Looking towards the endless peaks by Spearhead Range

Mt. James Turner and Wedge Mountain

Mt. James Turner and Wedge Mountain

A look down at Cherry Chip Pass (bottom left), Tundra Peak and Caltha Peak

A look down at Cherry Chip Pass (bottom left), Tundra Peak and Caltha Peak

Me on the summit of Arrowhead Mountain

Me on the summit of Arrowhead Mountain

The skiing down that ramp was fast and fun, but the snow had become a bit heavy in the sun. Some small wet slides had occurred on steep south facing slopes but the route we took was still bonded well.

Great skiing down the south face.

Great skiing down the south face.

Now it’s time to put the skins back on and get ready for the next objective – Tynemouth Mountain.

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