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An Ascent of Boar Station
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 03:09:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
Participants: The Old Spice Girls (Mardy Roberts, Christine Grotefeld, and Carmie Callanan) and Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Moderate scrambling and snow
This report describes the long approach to this very remote, and seldom-climbed peak W of the Ya-ha Tinda Ranch, along with its ascent
Boar Station at 9973' - this is the official elevation, although my GPS registered 10,035' on the summit - is certainly one of the more remote and exotic peaks in the Southern Rockies. There is no easy way into its base and no approach is less than 34 km. But this area of the Front Ranges is gorgeous, with delightful forest, plentiful wildlife, and a distinct lack of human trespass. It is not by any means a difficult summit, having been climbed first by the Dominion Survey party under I.F. Pelton; however, even this ascent was not achieved - likely because of the peak's remoteness - until 1955. I do not have an official version of how it got its name, but it seems reasonable to assume that the Parks Service must at one time have had grizzly bear research or census station positioned near this peak.
My group, consisting largely of the Old Spice Girls (Mardy Roberts, Christine Grotefeld, and Carmie Callanan) and myself (Rick Collier) drove to Ya-ha Tinda ranch (W of Sundre in the foothills - follow 82 O/11 [Burnt Timber Creek]) on the morning of June 26th. At the Scalp Creek parking area just S of the ranch houses, we stopped, pulled our mountain bikes out of the back of the truck, and saddled up (note: the Scalp Crk parking area is now closed and parking is permitted only at Bighorn Falls a couple of kilometres to the S and E of Scalp). (Editors Note: Scalp creek is the creek which flows into Red Deer River at 51.730824,-115.551657).
Despite the season still being spring, we forded Scalp Crk fairly easily (but not without wet feet), and then rode the old Scotch Camp road (mostly flat, but with a few steep hills) 13 km to the park boundary (2 hr. - GR 895/286 on 82 O/12 [Barrier Mountain]), where we stopped for lunch. Another 6.5 km along this road,...
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