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Climbing Robie Reid Robie Reid has been on my list for about 35 years. It is one of the highest peaks on the north side of the Fraser Valley and is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park. The access used to require a boat or canoe to get to the north end of Allouette Lake. I was interested to read last year that Jeff Hann had led a trip to Robie Reid on a new trail that started at the end of a logging road close to the north end of Allouette Lake. After a bit of research on the Internet I found a trail description in Club Tread (which I improved after the trip) and on the Maple Ridge rescue team’s website. We drove to the end of the road on Friday night so we could get an early start on Saturday. We did the trip in late July - I wouldn’t do it much sooner since the gully might be tricky with more snow. We started walking about 4:30 am in the dark. It took about an hour to get to the north end of the lake after taking the new trail on the east side of lake. From there it is just under 1500 m up a very steep trail to the top of the hiking trail. Even if you are not a climber is it worth doing this to get to the see the tarns and the view. From the top of the ridge, an indistinct trail heads west to a snowfield or rockfield and gullies that lead to the climb. We took the first left gully. Dan suggested that route since he had tried unsuccessfully on another gully further up. We needed an ice axe on the snow and a short rope to get over a tricky spot in a gully – don’t forget your helmet since the rock is loose in the gully. If you look closely you might see some slings partway up the gully. Thanks to Martin for leading the chimney. From the top of the gully, we dropped down a little bit (20 m, not all the way to snow) then traversed up on the rock to another gully that lead to a flatter spot where we could descend to more snow. From there it was a pretty easy walk to the false summit (with a radio tower) and then a short class 3 scramble to the true summit. It took nine hours for the “old-guys” to reach the summit and seven hours down. One of the highlights was a swim in Allouette Lake at sunset. Participants: Daniel Friedmann, Martin Naroznik and Jay MacArthur (leader and reporter).
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