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An Ascent of Mount Gass from the East
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.14 - 22:32:14
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / High Rock Range
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Paul Roberts, David Roberts, Rick Collier Moderate scramble
This article recounts a wet climb of the fairly easy slopes of the east side of Mt. Gass
The approach to this peak is the same as for any of the low and generally straight-forward peaks in the upper Old Man River valley. The most efficient access to this valley is to drive S from Calgary on the Chain Lakes Road (#22), turning W (right) at Maycroft (just past the bridge over the Old Man) on 517. Follow this good gravel road through the Old Man Gap to intersect the Forestry Trunk Road (940). Turn right again (N), drive past the turn-off for Dutch Creek, and then about another 10 km; the major dirt road heading off NW is the Old Man access. Drive as far as you can on this road, which depending on the time of year, logging operations, mud, blowdown, etc., may be a few km or closer to 20. In any case, it is probably wise to have mountain bikes to push on up past the turn-off to the N for Oyster Creek (a logging road that eventually connects with Cataract Creek) for perhaps another 3 km.
Eventually the road will either get too rough or too steep to much fun; ditch the bikes, and head off up the road on foot. Aim for the end of the track, which once was an old Galena mine at GR 634/554 on 82 J/2 (Fording River).
On our ascent on August 14, 1991, we poked around on the N side of the E ridge of this outlier of Mount Gass for a while, but failed to locate the mine entrance. The surrounding forest in the valley and on the nearby slopes is very pretty, but largely destroyed by roads, cut-lines and clear-cut logging.
I parted company with the rest of the troop at this point, and scrambled up the valley NE of the objective for a few hundred feet; then it was steeper scree and minor cliffs for some 800' to the ridge just NE of the summit. This summit is somewhat W of the divide, and there are a number of towers to scramble up, over, and down - not difficult but...
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