Beautiful weather and dry conditions continued into late August and Raff and I debated and considered several options for another multi day trip. Turns out we ended up with Plan B and headed to Devon Lakes to scramble up a “new” 11,000 foot+ summit, the south outlier of Mt. Willingdon, "Crown", and its southern neighbour, “South Tower” of Willingdon. Hot n dry, but smokey, early start at from Mosquito Creek , up into the high country on the north branch of the creek and over the infamous Quartzite Col .
We had no trouble finding the proper col and
easily descended steep loose scree into the Siffleur River Valley. I day tripped Mt. Willingdon back in 2010,
just less than 16 hours, car to car.
Trip report on my Summitpost pages since this was in the pre blog days.
Taking it easy and enjoying the summer weather, we reached Devon Lakes in about
7 hours. Set up very near the shore of
lower Devon Lake and had time to enjoy some whiskey on the beach and soak our
feet in the clear water.
|Crown (l) and South Tower (r) from Devon Lakes bivy.|
|Enroute to Quartizite Col, beautiful potential camp site with water and lots of cool bouldering problems. Man I camp here for days.|
|View to Quartizite Col, low spot, right of central bump, darker grey scree.|
|From Quartizite Col, view to Willingdon, Crown and South Tower across the Suffiluer River Valley and Clearwater Pass.|
|Late summer colours in the valley.|
|View to Willingdon from Devon Lakes.|
|View to Crown and South Tower from Devon Lakes.|
|Sipping whiskey at Devon Lake.|
|Camp with Willingdon and Crown summits.|
|Scree slog to the Willingdon/Crown col.|
|Cool glacial tarn at col, on the way up.|
|Raff nearing summit of Crown.|
|OSWB and Raff on the summit of 11,000+ foot "Crown".|
|Enroute to South Tower from Crown, Willingdon in the background.|
|Approaching smokey summit of South Tower.|
Back to our bivy, just under 6 hours from bivy to the two summits and back to camp. Quick coffee and lunch break and we loaded up for the hike out. Beautiful and hot summer day on the hike, enjoyable trek across to Quartizite Col, then back to the truck. Great couple of days out with an old friend.
|View north to Willingdon and Crown from summit of South Tower.|
|View to Crown and Willingdon to the north.|
|OSWB selfie on summit of South Tower.|
|Raff on the hike back to the col.|
|Descent to Willingdon/Crown col, cool glacial tarn at col, pretty big for a high col.|
|Glacial tarn at col.|
|Cool outlier tower on Willingdon. Wonder if it has been climbed?|
|Heading home. Willingdon, Crown and South Tower behind.|