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Fall scrambling on Mt Romulus
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.12 - 09:17:24
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Sandra McGuinness, Doug Brown, Marc Baarda and Kumo the dog
Difficulty: 3: Class 3, lots of loose rock.
A bike and scramble up Mount Romulus in the Fisher Range in the fall of 2000.
On Sunday October 15 three of us headed out to scramble Romulus via the route described in Kane's Bible of Scree. We picked up an excellent trail as soon as we had crossed the Elbow River at the Romulus campsite. Assuming it to be a "Kane Effect" trail, which would deliver us speedily to the summit avoiding any annoying scrambly sections or exposure, we tightened our pack straps and strode on. In our haste to hit the scree, and speeded by this most excellent trail, we completely missed the first drainage exiting the south slopes of the mountain and went on to the second.

Part way up the second drainage, even with our blind route finding, it became obvious that we were one drainage to the west. Not to be deterred, however, we continued up meadow and gained the southwest ridge of the peak, which we followed to its join with Kane's south ridge. The terrain along the ridge was actually very good, with some pleasant scrambling on firm (yes firm) rock. Scree devotees could, however, turn anything that could possibly be perceived as difficult or exposed on the left.

From the ridge, I was able to point out Rick's and my route over Evan Thomas Pass to Highway 40 in the winter of 1998 (I think) to the others in my group. I was also able to describe in detail the bottomless snow, complete lack of any trail through the bush, and the particular spot where my dog's heart almost gave out (his tongue was purple). Apparently, this also courtesy of Collier, dogs have very small hearts. But I digress.

Too soon our southwest ridge dumped us unceremoniously onto the talus of the south ridge, and from there it was a simple plod to the summit. From the minor bump along the ridge to the top we saw one other party of two on the southeast ridge (similar route finding skills?), but...

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