I felt badly in need of redemption, but without resorting to air support, Mt Grady is frightfully difficult to access. The fierceness of Gold Range bush is legendary, and is rumored to contain several undiscovered tribes of pygmies. We had no option but to bend the rules a tad. Mt Grady is the western half of the double-summited massif of Mounts Burnham and Grady formerly known as Halcyon Peak. See East Ridge of Mount Burnham. I looked to Burnham for my atonement for flying in. Mount Burnham, one of the Kootenays most impressive "Highway Peaks" (summits visible from a highway) is separated from Grady by an impressive 500 foot notch and is actually higher and more difficult to climb than Grady. And even more importantly, logging roads above Upper Arrow Lake provide a feasible access route to Burnham. That was good enough for me; our grudge match was an assault on the mighty Mount Burnham.
On August 15, 2004, the family (Sandra, me, and the faithful dog) left Nelson planning to set-up an advanced base camp near tree line below Burnham's East Ridge. A new dam and hydroelectric project on Pingston Creek has significantly changed road access in the area, but by noon we had negotiated the maze of logging roads across... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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