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Mount Elliott
Timestamp Free: 2017.08.17 - 12:32:23
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants:
Marc Harden Frank Geddes, Soren Andersen, Markus Kellerhals Candace M., Mark ?, Chuck Labatiuk, Victor Chwieros
An asthetic snow gulley route up Mount Elliott
Elliott Peak (9425?) is an outstanding summit towering above the David Thompson Highway (Hwy. 11) on the south side of the confluence of the Cline River and Mount Abraham. According to a guide who is very familiar with the area Mount Elliott sees very few visitors despite its location directly above a major highway. This neglect may come about because there is no obvious, easy route up the mountain.

I climbed Elliott with the Edmonton Section of the ACC in May 2001 on a trip organized by Marc Harden:

After two hours of continuous pounding rain my enthusiasm began to wane. Eight of us were piled into Candace?s van heading for David Thompson Country. Camping, let alone climbing, in this weather was not going to be fun. Thankfully the rain started to let up past Nordegg. By the time we reached Two O?clock Creek the sky was mostly clear.

Saturday dawned sunny and we headed to the Cline River trailhead (just south of the highway bridge - GR 359795) for an 8 AM start. After following the Cline River trail a short distance we cut left following a spur between two creeks to gain the north ridge of Elliott. Just below tree-line the ridge narrowed into a steep crest. Some easy scrambling took us to the 7700? north shoulder of Elliott (361765), where we stopped for lunch. From this vantage it was obvious that the north ridge was not a good option. The upper portion of this ridge consists of steep slabs, which at this time of year were still covered in snow. This might be a worthwhile and interesting route in summer.

Sacrificing 1000? of hard won elevation we descended into the north bowl of Elliott (roughly 355761) (Note: the creek draining this bowl is informally known as O.D. Creek), from whence it appeared possible to reach the Elliott-Sentinel Col. In May this...

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