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Grimface Mountain (Mount McKeen)  British Columbia
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Okanagan Range / Cathedral Ridge

Height: 2635 m -> 8645 feet
Prominence?: 544 m  
Line Parent?: Remmel Mountain (12 km away, at bearing 184 degrees)
Greater Parent: Remmel Mountain (12 km away)

Location:   49.02667,-120.18555     49:01:36, -120:11:08   10U 705734 5434237 (4 km S of Quiniscoe Lake). (33 km SW of Keremeos). NTS Mapsheet: 092.H.01   AreaCode: EM90/AB28
First Ascent: Monday July 18, 1932 Neal Carter, Peggy Carter
Grimface - South Face
A large, rugged granite mountain that offers numerous climbs ranging from scrambles to technical rock routes. Many of the technical routes feature chimneying and/or wide cracks.

The area around the peak was too dry to be glaciated in the last ice age, and has consequently weathered to a much greater degree than the surrounding glaciated terrain. There is lots of crystalline sand and the crags and towers of the peak display deep cracks and rounded blocks more akin to Joshua Tree than other BC granite climbing areas.

Name Notes: Named Grimface by Neal Carter, a legendary BC climber in the 1920's for a fancied profile of a frowning face seen on a neighbouring rock crag.

An alternate name of "Mount McKeen" was sometimes used by Outward bound. This name refers to Jim McKeen, who played significant part in the construction of the original cathedral lakes lodge, and his son Ken McKeen was heavily involved with outward bound for many years. They both spent significant time in the area and its surroundings.

The name of the peak as "Mt. McKeen" paid homage to their involvement. Though it is not the official name of the peak, it holds significance in the respect it pays to the pioneers of our wilderness parks. (from email from Joe McKeen, 2014)

Cathedral Lakes Lodge started in 1934 with two log cabins, and in 1964 Cathedral Lakes Resort was established.

Trip Reports within 1 km
28 2008.08.02 Grimface North Buttress (Driscoll/Fairley Route) Route Doug Brown (Vancouver)
36 2004.07.16 Macabre Tongues of Magma Jennifer Nageli
35 2004.07.02 Climbing Cathedral Walls Drew Brayshaw
41 2000.08.06 Cathedral Park - Matriarch to Grimface traverse Drew Brayshaw
8 null Wall Creek Route Mike Crpo


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
16 Grimface Northwest Side (B&W) Stephen Skog
12 Grimface - South Face Drew Brayshaw
6 Grimface West Ridge in October Jason Addy
5 Grimface September 2007 Chris Wilford

Placename Photos
13 Cathedral Ridge from Grimface - Matriarch, Macabre, Denture Drew Brayshaw
10 Grimface, Macabre, and Matriarch from the Deacon Drew Brayshaw
9 Cathedral Park - Panorama from Northeast Stephen Skog