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The Return to Mount Cline: Third Time Lucky
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 14:41:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1960m
Participants: Dan Doll, Martin Faubert, Marc Harden, Markus Kellerhals
Difficulty: 4: Mostly a hike, except for two steep gaps on the ridge. The first gap involved rotten, but relatively easy down-climbing, followed by a steep solid climb up the other side. Used a rope.
A climb from the Saskatchewan River via Thompson Creek Trail. The party made it to the summit, although bad weather made for a short stay at the summit.
This was my third trip to Mount Cline within the space of 12 months. Once last summer in gorgeous weather, but the rock covered with too much fresh snow for my liking. Then again last summer on a club trip where our summit hopes were drowned by a steady downpour. This time I was optimistic, not a cloud in the sky as we drove into David Thompson country late Friday night. Marc, Martin and I spent the night bivying on a meadow above the Saskatchewan River

Saturday morning dawned equally perfect. We met Dan, our fourth party member, at the Thompson Creek trailhead. The approach to Mount Cline follows a rough trail on the west side of Thompson Creek. The toughest part of the approach is surmounting a headwall that bars entrance into the westernmost fork of Thompson Creek. To avoid the headwall one is forced to slog up a steep talus slope and then traverse some slopes of cemented scree above the cliffs. The first time I did this traverse I found it quite scary - to the point where I had my ice axe out, ready to stop a potential slip. On this trip there seemed to be a bit more of a trail beaten into the scree, so we strolled across with no trouble. Once into the upper valley we followed the creek up to the two lakes at the head of the valley.

These lakes are a beautiful place to camp, but we wanted to camp higher so Sunday wouldn't be quite such a long day. From the upper lake we scrambled up some rock and scree slopes to the west, them cut north towards the 2850 metre col SW of Mt. Cline. We chose a campsite at about 2500 metres overlooking the two lakes. Clouds rolled in as we ate dinner, but cleared off again by the time we went to bed. I felt quite optimistic about the conditions for tomorrow as I settled into my bivy bag. Several hours later I awoke to the sound of...

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