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Ascent of Mount Ingram & a New Route on Mount Hornickel
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 10:43:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts,Rick Collier Bushwhacking on the lower slopes of both peaks; scree higher on Ingram; moderate scrambling higher in Hornickle
This article presents climbs of two remote and neglected peaks to the S of the Connor Lakes
Both Mts. Ingram and Hornickle are quite remote peaks and are therefore rarely ascended; but as with most such exotic summits, the solitude, the route-finding, and the rewards from their apexes are well worth the effort involved in reaching them.

From Calgary it's a 4.5 hr dive or more to Forsyth Creek N of Elkford: take the Chain Lakes highway S from Calgary, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, and Longview; two hours brings one to the intersection with the Crowsnest highway. Turn left (W) and head over to Sparwood, where signs will tell you how to turn back N up the Elkford Valley (about an hour or 1.5 from the previous intersection). Continue on to Elkford (where you might want to re-fuel), and then continue N for about 25 km on a good gravel road (except in spring or after a period of hard rain) to the intersection with the old Connor Lake road at about GR 457/687 on 82 J/7 (Mount Head). You have to watch carefully for this road and Forsyth Creek - trail markers are insignificant or nonexistent. In '92 we could drive another 3 km (4 WD) up Forsyth Creek, but that is likely blocked off by now. Since this trail is a former forestry road, we had brought along mountain bikes, and were able to ride them for another 6 km or so; but be warned that the riding is unrelentingly uphill and right on the edge (for me anyway) of cardiac arrest. Nevertheless, having mt bikes made the exit swift and exhilarating.

At a meadowy, reclaimed area just before the road turns N to Lower Connor Lake, we pitched camp slightly below the trail and at the edge of a creek - a delightful site (GR 386/707 on 82 J/6 -- Mount Abruzzi). Since it was still early afternoon, we headed off for Ingram (9020'), first fighting our way up through excruciating bush for 900' along the unnamed drainage to the...

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