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Looking North from the Summit of Mount Kindersley # 15096

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Date: 2011.07.17
Vantage Point: Summit of Mount Kindersley

Caption: The route of the traverse to the north of Kindersley, including Kindersly NW1, Kindersley N3, Kindersley N4, Mount Crook, and Shyster Peak

PhotoDescr: This photo - along with others - was taken on Day #2 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 NW of this peak, where we dropped our packs.

We camped in a small basin about a km N of SE4 . . . running water and a wind break . . . what else could one ask for? Well, thunder, lightning, and wind all night long, I suppose.

We were up and breakfasted by 7:30 a.m., and then, hoisting our packs, continued on to the north along the spine of the Brisco-Beaverfoot. We paused at the summit of Kindersley SE1, where I took this photo. According to Hans Fuhrer (former Kootenay warden, now retired in Radium), this southerly aspect of Kindersley has been climbed and without great difficulty. Neither JA nor I were convinced of this, however.

The rim of snow on the right is where JA had to turn around and leave me to continue the traverse on my own - duty called and he was perforce required to return to Calgary and his gainful employment.

With some unpleasantries, I traversed around the right-hand side of Kindersley and then ascended a solid but exposed arete on the north side. From the summit I took this photo of the route along the spine of the Brisco-Beaverfoot that lay ahead of me to the north.

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