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A Traverse of Scrimger, Etherington, Henretta, Baril, Cornwell, Aldridge, and Courcelette Peaks
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.19 - 01:00:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / High Rock Range
  (2 days)
Participants: Bob Saunders, Reg Bonney, Rick Collier Moderate scrambling
This report provides details on a superb traverse of seven minor peaks in the Lower Highwood area of the High Rock Range of the Southern Rockies
In July of 1991, Bob Saunders, Reg Bonney, and I (Rick Collier) made a two-day circuit of seven peaks in the W Lower Highwood, about 12 km S of where highway 541 turns E to head out to Longview. Bob, who started out much earlier than Reg and I, was the only one to climb all seven - his addition was Mt. Scrimger. I have included this peak in the following report since I went back and ascended this summit two years later on June 8, 1993. The rest of the trip, which involved ascents and traverses of Etherington, Henretta, Baril, Cornwell, Aldridge, and Courcelette Peaks, took place on July 27-28.

We began by cycling up the Cataract Creek logging road from the parking area at GR 705/731 on 82 J/7 (Mount Head) for 6-7 km to the point where the road splits, the S branch heading up Lost Creek and the W branch continuing SW up Cataract. Depending on how muddy conditions are, one can continue cycling up Cataract for several more kilometres. Generally, however, I have not found it efficient to continue past the old trapper's cabin. We continued on foot up the rough trail until it disappeared off to the S (which I believe is the Great Divide Trail now); it was easy going from there in light bush and open slopes and scree to the Scrimger/Etherington col (3 hr from the car).

Scree is then followed S up the ridge to the summit massif of Scrimger; difficulties push one further to the W and out onto the NW face at this point. This was quite demanding and tricky scrambling, often wet, crumbly, and exposed, with some difficult moves higher up (I later wrote in my climbing journal, "I really should not have been there by myself"). Once over these obstacles, it was an easy walk to the summit at 9040' (2 hrs from col). My descent back to the col, however, opened up a potentially...

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