Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mount Cheam - The View from the Top

Mount Cheam from Agassiz

This post examines primarily in photographs the view from top of Mount Cheam and continues the theme explored in the last post of Cheam as a Wife to distance Mount Baker. There is a need to create a sense of “place” in the communities and Mount Cheam is the most prominent landmark in the eastern Fraser Valley; she deserved to be understood and appreciated.

The word “Cheam,” in Halkomelem, means “wild strawberries” and refers to the ridge comprising of Cheam and Lady (Dog Face) plus the lower slopes around Airplane Creek and Spoon Lake. This explanation, even though Cheam is a pretty sounding name, has always been a bit of a disappointment for me; I always hoped that the name would mean Mother or something like that more in keeping with the legend.

Lady aka Dog Face

Quite a number of years ago, I had a chance to climb to Mount Cheam’s summit and took some panoramic pictures of the trek. I hope you like them they show what you can expect if you ever decide to take the climb.

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. Rene Daumal

Mount Cheam looks along shoulder to husband Mount Baker

Younger Steve Mullock and Dog Face

Agassiz and Harrison Lake

Seabird Isalnd and Harrison Lake

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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.

Copyright November 25, 2009 all pictures and content by Stephen Mullock.

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