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Kindersley N3 and N4 # 15099

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Date: 2011.07.17
Vantage Point: On the Brisco-Beaverfoot spine about 1.7 km S of Kindersley N3

Caption: The two northerly subsidiary summits of Mount Kindersley

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 kilometres 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 northwest 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 camped in a small basin about a kilometre north 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.

It was a much different matter descending this arete: I took my time, checked every hand and foothold several times, and sweated a lot. Finally I made it back down and then thrashed through scree back north to where I had left my pack. After a bit of lunch, I descended the very loose choss on the east face of a subsidiary tower . . . probably more nervy with a big pack on than the descent from Kindersley.

The long ridge running north from the next col was prickly with towers and fins and so, after a vain effort to follow this route, I traversed underneath these obstructions on the west side for about 1.4 kilometres, at which point another desperate descent took me down into the headwaters bowl of the northeast branch of Kindersley Creek. It was from there an easy, although wearying, ascent back onto the Beaverfoot-Brisco spine.

From the high col north of NW1, I ascended very pleasant alpine slopes for a few hundred feet; near the crest of this shoulder, I had an excellent view of my route to the north, of the next two summits (N3 & N4), and of the col where I would camp that night - the small grass patch just this side of N3 and left of the snow rim.

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