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Looking South from Mount Crook to the various Kindersley Peaks # 15108

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Date: 2011.07.18
Vantage Point: About 0.4 km South-southeast of the summit of Mount Crook

Caption: Most of the peaks and much of the Beaverfoot-Brisco Traverse to the south of Mount Crook

PhotoDescr: This is a continuation of the narrative of the traverse of the southern section of the Brisco-Beaverfoot Range, which JA Owen and I started on June 16, 2010. I am picking up the story at the start of Day #3; the narrative of Days #1 and 2 can be found accompanying the photos of Mount Kindersley, Kindersley SE4, and Kindersley NW1:

. . . an easy hour later, I had reached the col just north of N3 and pitched my tent in a small grassy area, secured some snow from the rim of the col to the east, and was brewing up some soup.

That night the weather alternated between crystal clear, with stunning views of the moon, and raging thunderstorms. Fortunately, June 18 dawned bright and cloudless. After a lazy breakfast enjoying the sun, I packed up and started up Kindersley N3; during this climb I engaged the curiosity of a substantial herd of sheep - perhaps 25 in all. But aside from this encounter of the ovine kind, there were few difficulties in reaching the summit, from which this photo was taken.

I was then off for N4, a minor peak close to 300' higher than N3. Although also an easy ascent, N4 also infused me we with moments of panic: to make my ascent easier and quicker, I dropped my pack (appropriately marked with cairns) in order scuttle more efficiently to the summit. However, on descent, I took a slightly different route and discovered the terrain below to be surprisingly undifferentiated; in effect, I could not make heads nor tails of where my pack was, nor could I see the cairns I had built. Daymares of bushwhacking 20 kilometres back to my truck down Kindersley Creek without a jacket or food kept me zigzagging across the slope for upwards of at least an hour before I stumbled on my pack, patiently sitting where I had left it.

  Then on into a tangle of cliffs and gullies that took enormous effort and time to negotiate, some of it with moderate serious exposure. Finally, after much thrashing and bashing, I was out of the rock garden and taking a break in a wide col about 2 kilometres southeast of Mount Crook (50.788401-116.039683 at 7750'). I was pretty beat and this was a nice place for a camp, with trees not too far from the col. But it was still fairly early and I wanted to have plenty of daylight on my next and final day of travel.

So on I went, following almost exactly the line of the ridge as it climbs to the summit of Mount Crook. That evening I descended from the col between Crook and Shyster to a grove of trees and, again in intermittent rain, set up my camp and had supper.

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