Route: Mt Landale (BC, Canada)
Clay Webb submitted the route:
Starting and finishing at the Cottonwood Main gate at Youbou/North Shore Road, this is a car-to-car summit push on Mount Landale (5036') just outside of Youbou, Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. This is the most southerly alpine in Canada as it sits south of the 49th Parallel, which forms the US-Canada border through most of the west (from Manitoba to the Georgia Straight). Starts with 6km on the gated Cottonwood Main logging road to the Lomas Lake trailhead. The Lomas Lake trail switchbacks up to the lake, from there the route becomes almost unmarked with a few technical scramble sections. Good route finding and comfort-ability moving over technical terrain is required for this route. From the lake the route heads up the gully past the abandoned mine to the notch in the El Captain-Landale col. From the col the route traverses a small bench after which the ridge can be gained. After following the ridge towards the summit it is then just a short scramble up to the summit cairn and registry. Descent is via the same route.