Trip Report: Tenquille Lake/Finch Ridge

After 2 days and 2 nights in the outdoors in 30+ degree celcius weather I feel thoroughly uncomfortable, eaten by horseflies, and generally demoralized. However, those moments atop easy hikes/scrambles to Finch Ridge (2.5~hrs hiking up) were easily worth it. Being atop a mountain is memorable. Scrambling (hiking requiring some use of hands to clamber up rocks) is adrenaline pumping. Swimming in cold lake water and wading in running glacial water-let’s just say even if you feel so uncomfortably itchy and overheated sitting down makes you wish you were unconscious or constantly being numbed by ice cold water-it moves the heart-you can’t help but love it on a level that’s difficult to disregard.

(Better trip report + pre-trip to follow)

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Classic.

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You can’t really see it, but down there far, FAR below is Toothpaste Lake. (just kidding, but that’s what it looks like)

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Snow

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“This could be somewhere in Europe.”

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Contemplating the snow clad mountains and icy glacial water.

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I’m still impressed we hiked up this. 5 hours roundtrip on Finch Ridge including lots of celebration, nudity, half nudity, photos, and breaks. Elevations are visually deceiving.

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Rampant forest fires a few valleys over from us gave the sun an appearance of sunset despite it being 6 pm (sunset=9:30pm)

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