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Mount Fisher - 50th Anniversary Climb
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 06:33:20
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Kootenay Ranges / Hughes Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Larry Farmer, Bill Hurst Class 3
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bill Hurst's first ascent, Bill and I climbed this local favourite's more interesting West Ridge route.
At 74, Bill Hurst (whose exploits with Rick Collier have been recorded elsewhere in the Encyclopedia) wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first ascent of Mount Fisher. Since this was the first time Bill had ever climbed the same peak twice, I suggested the more interesting West Ridge route.

Despite both of us suffering from a summer flu virus that was making the rounds, we started up the Mount Fisher trail early on July 18th. The West Ridge route departs from the normal tourist route at a couple of tarns in a large basin (ie the western cwm). As we hiked/scrambled up the very steep scree slopes Bill apologized for his slow pace, mentioning that he was feeling a little weak and light headed. As he put it, "this sure gives your old ticker a good workout". I was a bit worried as we approached the ridge, where the rock steepened to solid 3rd class climbing, that I would be leaving Bill far behind. But as I looked back down over my shoulder, I noticed that as soon as my lower foot left a hold, Bill's upper hand was grabbing on to it. Like an old war horse raising its head to the sound of a trumpet, the higher and harder the climbing, the better Bill performed.

The west ridge route is a delightful scramble on suprisingly good rock and the exposure is never great.

At the summit we ran into a group of teenage boys who had climbed up the normal route. Bill's announcement that he had first climbed the peak half a century ago seemed lost on them. No doubt the concept of someone their grandfather's age climbing a much more difficult route than they did was beyond their comprehension.

Keep on climbing Bill!...

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