Mt Moriarty North Ridge
Time: 8 hrs return
Date: Sept 24 2006
I'd hiked up Mt Moriarty's standard route a number of times and once ended climbing up it's snotty South face but never tried hiking the mountain from the East Coast, until I got an invite from the crazy east coasters. The day was going to be a pleasure hike instead of a work out so the crack of noon start was acceptable. It was a warm hike up on overgrown roads which eventually took us up to an old slash burn. From here we headed left and up the obvious ridge line instead of following the road. Which we once again got onto a ways further up as you can see on the route. We then walked to the bitter end of the road before heading into the slash again. The first part took us up a short steep section, and then on top we then got our good views of the intimidating ridge on Moriarty's North side. A short distance further on we topped out onto a small false summit before down climbing and crossing over a cool Gun Sight Notch which spilt the two ridges. After that the ground got a fair bit steeper up a vegetative slope before getting to the exposed rock. The moves are all fairly oblivious and lots of Green Belays. Kiku only had to be lifted up once for a small rock wall on exposed ground other than that it was an enjoyable climb up to a small tarn. I waited for the rest of the gang to catch up so I did some Bouldering on some of the flat rocks in the area. After a short break we climbed the last section up the face with little effort as there was a nice wide ledge which took us most of the way up. After that we linked up the standard route and then hiked the rest of the way to the summit.
How to get There" Starting from the North West Bay Logging Division which is just South of the town of Parksville. First drive West on 155 main for 17.25kms then take a left turn and drive up Branch 146 for 5.5 kms which parallels Moriarty creeks east banks. You'll eventually drive up to a big hole in the middle of the road, only thing narrow enough to pass here would be a Quad or an older version Suzuki Samurai.
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