Start at the Seymour Mountain ski parking lot. Follow the trail on the left hand-side of the ski run that starts at the end of the parking lot. The trail is basically uphill for most of the way to the peak. Follow the marked bamboo poles - when you get closer to the peak you will see a steep incline - this is usually fairly good to climb as steps are generally kicked to the top. After climbing this wall, you can either climb straight up the peak or traverse around to the right and then up the back side. On a clear day the view is awesome! For those with some back country experience, there are two additional peaks to attempt that can be seen behind this peak - if you tackle this allow another 2 hours to your time. When returning from the original peak there is a twisty and turny route that you can follow - traverse down the back of the peak and then head right down the valley following the bamboo poles.
Make sure to take a warm jacket for the top as the wind can be chilly!
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Posted By: Rambo
- Sat Nov 14 18:11:27 EST 2009
UpsideAccessible, viewpoints, nature. DownsideIt's busy! CommentIf you are going for snowshoeing, please do yourself a favor and go all the way to where there's a Back-country sign. Do yourself another favor, don't go beyond that sign, and don't go close to where there's cables that say DANGER. Outside of that, it's all great.
Posted By: anwon
- Mon Feb 02 16:06:22 EST 2004
UpsideMarked route to First Pump Peak, lots of bum-sliding potential on the return. DownsideLong sections of uphill travel, which may catch beginner snowshoers unawares. CommentBC Parks maintains the route to First Pump Peak with pole markers. Stick to it and you'll have no problems. Go off route and you'll end up going off a cliff. There is no marked route to Second Pump Peak, but if the weather is clear you can see the obvious path leading up a gentle gully, about 15-20 minutes further north. Do not attempt if weather conditions are poor. Mt Seymour--the summit north of Second Pump Peak--cannot be recommended as there is a terrain trap along the way. Any accident in this area will have serious consequences.
Posted By: GreginVancouver
- Sat Feb 09 01:33:13 EST 2002
CommentFor a classic case of where NOT to stand, take a close look at the 2nd picture from the top in the left hand column.
See those 3 people? I'd be willing to bet that none of the them were wearing transcievers... and that they were not even aware that they are standing in a rather dangerous terrain trap --- the spots where avalanche debris can quickly pile up to dangerous levels...
Ever wonder why there aren't any TREES on that slope? Cause the frequent slides wipe them out on a regular basis.
This slope is probably the most over travelled avalanche slope in Canada -- and it is only a matter of time until some unsuspecting kid or adult gets whacked.
Do yourself a favour and follow the wand -- they are a reasonably safe route...
Posted By: GreginVancouver
- Thu Feb 07 23:49:06 EST 2002
Comment"when you get closer to the peak you will see a steep incline - this is usually fairly good to climb as steps are generally kicked to the top. After climbing this wall, you can either climb straight up the peak or traverse around to the right and then up the back side" --- This is a really, really, REALLY GOOD WAY TO DIE. That slope is an AVALANCHE slope and unless you want to DIE go around the safe way by following the wands!
By way of example, I watched a point release set of a 30M slab last saturday on THIS EXACT slope that this individual refers to as "usually fairly good".
Take an backcountry avalanche awareness course before you start snowshoeing in the mountains...