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Mount Gray - Possible First Ascent of True Summit
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.22 - 05:08:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Vermilion Range
  (2 days)
Participants: Christine Grotefeld; Carmie Callanan; Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Snow and easy-angled ice; moderate scrambling
The party climbed Mount Gray by ascending scree, pocket glaciers, and aretes.
We drove W from Calgary almost to Golden but turned off on the Beaverfoot road, which we followed for nearly forty km. We followed old logging roads ono the N side of the drainage leading toward Dainard Lake, eventually arriving at a cleared area and the end of the road; we then crossed the stream and ascended skid tracks up the S side to a better defined logging track. This we followed up the drainage to where two streams intersect (GR 503588); it might be possible for a 4WD vehicle to drive this far. The road then curves curves back N crossing the stream (impassable); another km to the N brought us to a major full turn in the road (Note: there is an old, beaten reforestation sign here; directly behind this sign is the trail to Dainard Lake -- it is not marked in any other way).

At Dainard Lake a good trail leads to the back end of the lake (NE)-- 2 hrs to here.

After a bit of lunch on a small promontory, we followed the trail a further ways up the slopes at the back end of the lake, hoping to find an easy route up through minor, but pronounced, cliffs and thick scrub; fortunately, we did, for in fact the trail continued intermittently upwards, trending left (N) through the cliffs and with only moderate bushwhacking. Soon we were above the rock and into magnificent old growth forest where the going was quite straightforward; zigzagging back and forth we proceeded up through the forest and then into more open grasslands, trending back right (S) to keep from being pulled up drainages that led into the higher cliffs.

High Lake is some 1400' above Dainard, but the going is easy enough that we arrived in 1.5 hrs from Dainard; High Lake is completely landlocked, the water outlet and stream being presumably underground all the way down to Dainard, there being no...

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