2014 – North Powell Divide BC Hike

Our second Summer 2014 trip was a traverse of the North Powell Divide.  This seldom done trip is located northeast of Powell River, BC, Canada.  This was a challenging trip with rock climbing sections (up and down) almost every day. There were also two glacier crossings.

We went in the first two weeks of September.  Had we gone earlier in the summer we likely could have avoided some of the climbing by traveling on snow instead.  However we also would have missed bathing in the many tarns since they would have been snow covered.

We had a three day delay at the start because of bad weather and had to cut the trip short.  Otherwise we had amazingly good weather for the whole 11 day trip.  There was only one afternoon and morning when we were in clouds.  We had only an hour of light rain which came after we set up our tents.  Very lucky!  The trip would have been very difficult and dangerous had the rock been wet on the many sections involving climbing.

On the trip with us were two other couples: Margaret/Tony and Linda/Patrick.  Also on the trip were Anna and Helen who left their husbands at home.  We are all good friends having met through the Alpine Club of Canada.

The trip started with a helicopter ride using Oceanview Helicopters.  We placed two food/fuel caches on the way in.  We ended the trip by hiring George Ferreira of George’s Backroad Adventures to pick us up near the Emma Lake trailhead.

Following is a video and slideshow of the trip.  The video is a Google Earth tour of our route.

Now the slideshow.  Press the white button on the top right to get a full screen view.  You can have the slideshow play automatically or you can scroll through the pictures yourself by clicking on either side of the pictures.  You can also scroll through the pictures by using the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard.