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Tit Peak (AKA) Pogo Peak
    I have made up a "Topo/Image Map", with the location of the GPS track route Barry and myself took while hiking up to the summit May 2nd 2004.

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How to get there??     Leaving from Port Alberni, drive towards the West Coast on HWY 4# for 60km approx. 1km west of Sutton Pass turn right onto a gravel road that runs beside Kennedy River. Only 150m in you will see an abandond logging rd that has been dug up at the start to stop traffic from driving over the rotting bridge deck that crosses over Kennedy River. Park near the dirt pile making sure to leave room for ATV's to get passed, if you don't you find a dent in you're car. "Please" just show some consideration for others and you'll have no problems.

Tit Peak

    The clouds were lying low in the valley one early May morning. My climbing partner "Barry" was to arrive at 6:00 in the morning and the plans were to climb the East Ridge of Pogo peak. I had been waiting for the past few months for the right conditions, so after some cool mornings and sunny afternoons the snow had setup enough making avalanche danger almost unheard of in the area. 50 km outside Port Alberni just West of Sutton Pass on Highway 4# take a right off the highway onto the Kennedy river ML park just before the abandoned bridge which crosses over Kennedy River. From here walk over the bridge, hike for 2.2km before reaching a logging road on the right, there should be a 3ft rock carin marking the road. Walk up the road for 1km before heading into the Virgin timber. There's a road approx 200m up from the main line that heads right, which also has a rock carin. I'm not sure where it goes but it is possibly another route to the timber line, if you know please drop me a line. Once in the timber gain access to the crest of the East ridge, the going in the timber is steep but fairly bush free choosing ones way around small rock bands. Around the 800m level you should come across a fair sized glassy patch which is visible from the Highway. There is a little route finding needed to find ways around the rock cliffs once you get up to 1000m you will easily be able to choose you're way up to the summit ridge. From 1200m to 1400m you will find yourself pretty exposed to the elements, if that bothers you it might be wise to rope up and do a running belay between you and you're partner. When we went up the snow was in good shape so the need to rope up was not required but I had packed one just incase. Just 100m below the summit ridge the clouds started to rolled in and the visibility went to almost zero, just to be safe we stayed at least 30m back from the corniced edge. After walking on the ridge for 200m I knew I was getting close to the summit but could not see it so I pulled out the GPS to get a reading of our location. It was showing that we were standing directly on the summit but all we could see was white. After a short while we were able to see the hump showing the top. The trip down was longer than expected due to the snow had softened making it a slow decent. We only got turned around in the timber once on the way down and that's because we didn't follow the GPS readings. I'm still getting use to the electronic compass, but so far it winning. Any one owning a Magellan and is interested in using my waypoints and track route drop me an email

Off Belay Cheers: Quagger