Tarn Peak (Intern Ridge)
December 28, 2015
Pemberton / Lillooet Lake Road, BC
Tarn Peak is the highest point on Intern Ridge immediately south of the Lizzie Creek Cabin and west of Long Lake. It’s easily the smallest peak out there and is often ascended as a short detour en route to some bigger objectives further to the west. The primary objective on the Day 4 of our Christmas – New Year ski trip was Shields Peak but we decided to bag Tarn Peak first as it’s “right there”.
After a somewhat early start we left the cabin and followed our skin tracks up Long Lake’s outflow drainage and then crossed the lake. The tracks were mostly covered by the recent wind and snowfall so we basically had to break a new set (even though the old tracks were still faintly visible). From the far end of Long Lake we veered right up a small depression zone and Tarn Peak was right in front of us.
Tarn Peak appeared to be fairly steep from the east side but given the stability we didn’t bother to search for a gentler line. I simply led a line switchbacking up the steep SE slopes over a few rolls and the next thing we realized we were already on the summit. The weather wasn’t as good as we were expecting, but it was indeed clearing up.
After some quick obligatory summit photos it’s time to move on to our next objective – Shields Peak.