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A Short Scramble on the West Side of Mt. McGillivray
Timestamp Free: 2017.08.17 - 12:36:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants:
Hilda Polt, Harold Keushnig, Paul Taylor, Sandra McGuinness
Difficulty:
4: Short section of class 4 rock.
Many people want to climb Mt McGillivray, but few know of this simple scramble route.
Surprisingly few people are aware of a scramble route on the west side of Mt. McGillivray. This is a shame really as the peak comes into shape early in the spring and stays in shape late into the fall. With a mountain bike, the return trip will only occupy some 5 or 6 hours.

In June 2000 four of us grunted up the Skogan Pass trail to an old hunters/game trail that leads north down the valley between Pigeon and McGillivray. Stashing our bikes we continued on foot until the creek draining the basin between McGillivray and unnamed (296525) enters at about GR 279530. Once across the creek we headed up towards McGillivray. We found good travel on the bench above the creek which lead us up to a rocky west facing ridge running off unnamed. A game trail then then took us into the basin between McGillivray and Unnamed. We didn't go all the way to the col, rather we headed up talus slopes on the S side of McGillivray, traversing around to the north below a large block on the ridge. We gained the summit ridge just S of the summit knob on easy scramble terrain. A short walk on a flat section of ridge brought us to the base of the summit knob and the crux of the route. A difficult scramble (class 4 or low 5th class) leads to the summit. We stepped up and left into a gully and onto a small ledge. Traversing north brought us to an easier gully that led to the summit....

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