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Mount Assiniboine Group of Peaks (from the Southwest) # 15093

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Date: 2011.07.16
Vantage Point: the summit of Kindersley SE4

Caption: The Assiniboine group (about 40 kilometres northeast of Kindersley SE4): Assiniboine, Lunette, Aye, Eon (from left to right

PhotoDescr: This photo - along with others - was taken on day #1 of the last portion of the grand traverse of the Beaverfoot-Brisco range of mountains, running from near Radium to Golden; this section ran from the Radium Hwy to Luxor Pass.

JA Own and I met in Radium and grunted up the Sinclair Creek trail under the strain of enormous packs. It's a gorgeous trail that runs next to a rushing stream and winds upward through high BC rain forest. It is, however, unrelentingly steep - after 6.5 km and 3100' of elevation gain, we climbed beyond scrub alpine to the pass at GR 716-169 (82 J/12).

We pursued our labours uphill for another 400' and then traversed NW around Kindersley SE4 - our route took us through the gravelly notch just right of the gendarme on the right side of the photo. We descended to the col northwest of this peak, where we dropped our packs. We then retraced our steps and ascended SE4 up this broken face: our route followed the left-hand side of the lower snow patch, then traversed further left to the most left of the two snow-filled couloirs; we scrambled the rock left of the snow (some interesting moves, with exhilarating exposure); finally we traversed back right along the skyline and followed some steps and a narrow arete back to the summit, where was perched another of those black rocketship-sized repeater towers.

My best guess is that the valley in the foreground is Pitts Creek and the peak below and to the right of Assiniboine is Harken SE3.

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