Hudson Bay Mountain | Smithers, BC

Hudson Bay Mountain

Since I was but a puny four year old rapscallion I have gazed up in awe from the Bulkley Valley to the peaks of Hudson Bay Mountain in my hometown of Smithers, BC. Just last month I had the opportunity to climb for the first time up to one of it’s mighty peaks and sign what is known as “the book”. I was left with a whole new perspective and a sense of awe that exceeded that of my four-year-old self.

The hike started out quite pleasantly in the lower alpine, from the base of the “Green T-bar” of the ski hill. We hiked up 40 minutes or so to Crater lake and then branched up around the right side of it. Summit time was a little over 3 hours with photo stops.

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Stream at the base of Crater Lake.
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Climbing up above Crater Lake.

There was a lot of scrambling up the loose rock, but we eventually arrived at the ridge of one of the first peaks, which offered some pretty magnificent views.

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Scrambling up the lower peak.
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Nice views from the first ridge.
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East.
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Orange stone and gray stone.

I never realized until climbing atop the ridges and peaks that what look like smooth, giant stone surfaces from kilometers below are actually many loose rocks of all different sizes.

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Breaking to bits.

The final climb got a little trickier, but overall the summit is quite accessible.

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Anna approaches the summit.
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Ascending the ridge.

Atop at last:

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Smithers down below.

It rained in the valley below, but we stayed dry up top.

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The Book.
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Bear, hitching a ride with Anna.
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Descent, with the glacier below.
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The sun beats down.
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We came down around the opposite side of the lake.
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Reflections, from the edge of Crater Lake.