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Ascent of Mt. Currie (Alberta)
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.21 - 08:51:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Blue Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Rick Collier, Carmie Callanan
Difficulty: 2: Easy scramble
A long approach for an easy scramble up an oft-neglected peak offering spectacular views!
Although Mt. Currie (9210'/2810m) has a very impressive face of almost 3000' on its N side that descends to the mid-reaches of Currie Creek, this peak is in general an easy ascent that can be done in a single long day. It is likely that it has not been included in the various books on scrambling in the Rockies because the approach to Currie is relatively lengthy. However, it is a fine climb in a remote part of the mountains and affords the alpinist who wanders away from the usual tourist peaks some fine views from the summit.

Mt. Currie was name after Sir Arthur William Currie (1875-1933), who rose to the rank of Lt. General and commanded the Canadian Corps in World War I. According to Glen Boles in "Place Names of the Canadian Alps," Currie later became the president of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League (p. 70). This peak was first ascended in 1916 by the Alberta/British Columbia Boundary Commission.

The distance to the easy SE slopes is some 13-14 km on a generally good trail, so the return distance, including the climb itself, could approach 30 km and 3000' of elevation gain. For the average mountaineer, taking the occasional break here and there, this could amount to a 14-16 hr day. One way to abbreviate this time estimate is to cycle as far as possible. I'm not sure what the regulations are today about using mountain bikes beyond the SW end of Spray Lake on the Spray River trail, but, when we made this ascent, we were able to cycle fairly easily all the way to where the trail crosses the intersection of Currie Creek with White Man Creek.

It's about 6 km from the start at the Shark Mountain staging area to the bridge across Currie Creek at the end of Spray Lake (where the trail divides on the N side into one branch heading over to...

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