N 56° 04.170 W 118° 23.207
BCP440 - Tornado Mountain
Well I've been looking for another opportunity to check out this distant cap and this morning I teamed up with RedRouge to give it a shot.
We arrived at the trailhead just before 7:30 am and prepared our packs for bike, hike, and scramble. The weather along the trail was mixed all day with periodic sun, cloud, and rain.
We arrived at the Tornado Col just before 1:00 pm and checked out route options for the scramble. The mountain summit was intermitently shrouded in clouds, but we decided after the long approach to check it out.
RedRouge led the way up Tornado selecting a route that took into account any weaknesses in the steep pitchy terrain. Part way up the mountain the top half of Tornado disappeared into the clouds.
We carefully continued our approach up the mountain making good route finding decisions. We were less than 250 metres from the cap when a huge rain cloud arrived and limited visibility to less than 15 metres. The clouds and rain simply made the huge pitchy slabs near the top unsafe for further investigation, especially with no visibility on a mountain with a sheer drop off on the west side of over 1000 metres.
We turned our attention to safely heading back down the mountain - no easy task with the limited visibility and rain - fortunately we made it back safely to the col.
As it turns out this was my second shot at Tornado and conditions today were simply not safe. However, though it was a long journey for not finding the target (28 km round trip), it was a terrific experience doing a bike / hike in this area with great company - getting a smiley would have been nice - but that's really not what caching should be all about.
Thanks OFTH for a well positioned cap that's obviously going to take three tries for me to find.
[This entry was edited by Sleepy_hollow on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 4:30:32 PM.]