Up to Hermit Meadows on Saturday afternoon. It was a scorching day and we were soaked to the skin by the time we arrived. Dave and Gerald shared a tent while I had brought just my sleeping bag and a tarp. Usually the nights are cool enough at this elevation for the mosquitoes to die down overnight. Not this time. I swatted and thrashed and sweated until it was time to get up at 5:00am.
We hiked across the glacier to have a look at the South Ridge of Truda as seen on the right skyline in the above photo. The upper ridge looked very nice but the bottom part looked a little scruffy. Instead of messing around we decided to have a quick look around the corner at the southeast spur as the guide book calls it the "cleanest and least problematic route" on the mountain. Kicking steps up the perfect snow we had to agree.
After the snow the route becomes a typical Selkirks 4th ridge with big blocks covered in flaky black lichen.
We topped out on the pointy summit at 11:00am.
As we nibbled at our lunches Dave dug out the summit register.
Reading through the sparse list of entries I was pleased to come across this page from 1989.
Ron Mason is the father of Simon, a very good friend of mine from Montreal, and I've know David Toole aka The Undertaker for many years. I was chuffed! Small world.
We descended via the Truda couloir.
And made our way back to the tents to wrap up a very fine day in the mountains.
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