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A Peak Named Smith
Timestamp Free: 2018.11.14 - 10:34:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Harrison Group
  (2 days)
Participants: Rick Collier, Mardy Roberts, Christine Grotefeld Grade 4
An enjoyable climb of a rarely visited peak near Mount Harrison
Smith Peak (10,260') is a straightforward ascent above timberline, with a bit of bushwhacking below. It is almost due E of Mt. Harrison, the only 11,000'+ mountain in the vicinity, and offers superb views of this higher summit. Mt. Smith was, according to Glen Boles in "Place Names of the Canadian Alps", named after "Able Seaman Thomas Bernard Smith of Natal, BC, [who] was killed in action during World War II" (311).

Smith and Harrison are, of course, a long way from Calgary, being located on the W side of the divide in a far corner of the Whiteswan forestry reserve. Our group consisted of Rick Collier, Mardy Roberts, and Christine Grotefeld. On July 6 we drove down to Radium and then further S to the turn-off for Whiteswan, just S of Canal Flats. On drives some 25 km or so to Whiteswan Lake, continues to follow the road as it bends to the E and descends to cross the White Swan River. On the N side, the road joins the White Swan forestry road and travels E for about 10 km; at a prominent fork in the road, one turns right and shortly crosses back over the White Swan River to the SE side. Another 1.5 km brings one to a junction - to the left a road follows the White River to Maiyuk Pass; to the right (which is the branch one wants) it follows the East White River. In 12 km the road will narrow down and bend to the S (right). After passing the turn-off for the Munroe Lake campground (4 km), another 4 km brings one to the logging road that climbs back up to the W toward the source of the Bull River. About 4.5 km is all one will manage, however, since a series of washouts block the road from this point on. It is certainly possible to hike or cycle up the rest of the road to good camping spots another 5 km further up toward the head of the valley.

We chose to park on a...

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