Wanted to do haybrich this week. I was just wondering what the approach is like this time of year. Too snowy? Or dooable. MCpl... i'm hoping for honesty here (;
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We did the walk in from the Indian/Mamaquam junction with bikes and it wasn't too bad. Pretty doable as a 2 dayer (1 in, 1 to climb and come out).
The Stawamus Indian is still gated down by the chlorine shack, right above Valleycliffe at the junction of the Stawamus Indian and Mamquam roads. No way around with a 4x4 - a quad, dirt bike, or mountain bike is the ticket, unless you have a horse. Otherwise, its shanks mare....
The Shannon Ck road is in truly rough shape - its alder choked and washed out for several sections, it would be tough in a 4x4 even if you could get past the gate. However, I saw some new falling boundary ribbon up beside the road, so there is timber harvest proposed there and they will likely upgrade the road....
From the gate, its approximately 8-10 km to the end of the spur below Habrich, and about 3,000 ft elevation gain. Another 1 km and about 1500 ft to the base of the SW face of Habrich (I assume that is the direction you want to go - the Kitten on the NE face will still be too wet). It will probably be OK to have snow on the approach - just make things easier. The SW face is quite dry, and if you are looking at Life on Earth that route is on a vague arete and will not be too damp if there are a couple clear days to dry it off.
I think it washed out significantly over the winter, and the alder has been growing like crazy this spring. Right now its all ribboned up and the washouts have been spray painted for culvert installation - this is a good thing.
I am good with the liability thing on my dirt bike - I have a dual sport bike so its fully insured and street legal. Its a great way to go climbing, but you have to persuade all your climbing partners to get one too, because honestly two guys on a bike is just too femme for me.
I haven't been able to persuade any of my regular partners to buy a bike yet.... and unfortunately most of my climbing partners are male.
Yes the Shannon road (and the Stawamus Indian) are probably a lost cause. Too bad - I remember the glory days when you could get a 4x4 way up into that valley underneath Habrich, and Sky Pilot was a very easy half day outing. About 7 years back I could drive my toyota corolla up to the boulder blockade, and easily up to the Kitten wall too.
Its do-able in a day, but that is a very full day. It depends on how speedy and fit you are. Me for example, a 37 year old college teacher, I might have a tough time hiking in and climbing Life On Earth in a single day anymore, but there are lots out there who would not.
Good luck, be safe.
I have a TR on bivouac
I arrived at the base 3 hours after leaving the boulder blockade using a MT bike. Not sure how long from gate to boulders as i lucked out and drove past the gate.
great route and a reasonable day from the boulder blockade
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