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Approaching the fence and grassy meadow before the matchstick forest to the drainage. "Beaver Mines Ridge" at left and Whistler Mountain directly above WietseClassic Castle Wilderness matchstick forestClassic Castle Wilderness matchstick forestLooking down the drainage - it's pretty messed up thanks to flooding, which is why we avoided hiking directly in it as much as possible.Steeper walls of the ridge above us where I believe Dave scrambled up - still only moderate terrain.Looking up the drainage - there's much less debris in the creek bed here. We went around the corner before seeing an obvious ascent gully to our left.Nice views back out of the drainage.Looking up the steep gully we would follow all the way to the ridge above, which is out of sight here.Looking further up the drainage from our ascent gully. You could easily hike further before taking other slopes to the ridge, but our route worked very well and got us up high, sooner.We started out on climber's left of the gully proper, but soon transitioned into it.Staying in the gully worked well. It's much further to the ridge than it appears here - the ridge isn't visible yet.Interesting rocks and slabs in the gully.Gorgeous views to the northwest as we gain height. The bump behind us here is the end of the ridge, we descended it's nose at the end of the day.This section of the ascent gully looked to be more problematic than it was. We traversed briefly to climber's right on scree before getting back into it. We also spotted a lone sheep here.Now we can finally see part of the upper ridge in the distance.The views are getting better and better. Syncline and McCarty at left in the distance.