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A Rare Ascent of Hollebeke Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 02:30:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts; Rick Collier Easy scrambling; moderate bushwhacking
Hollebeke doesn't even crack eight thousand feet; nevertheless, it is a pleasant and rewarding hike
I suspect the only reason one might ascend Hollebeke Mt. (7884') is in order to see some remote and exotic mountain terrain or to work away at climbing the peaks along the divide that separate Alberta from British Columbia; it is not by any stretch of the imagination a difficult peak, although it takes some persistence to reach its base. In fact, it is probably fair to say that it takes nearly as much time to drive to Hollebeke as it does to climb it.

I suspect it is possible to ascend this low peak from the E, although the approach to North Kootenay Pass (or, alternatively, the Pollock Creek trail) up the Carbondale River appears to be -- at least from an examination of the topographic maps -- complex and lengthy. It is certainly possible that there are ORV trails and cutlines into this area, but I have yet to stoop to employing auxiliary combustion engines for approaches. However, it is still quite a drive to reach the staging area on the west side of Hollebeke, and it is likely that most owners of conventional 2WD vehicles will cringe at the hazards an automobile must negotiate to find its way into the deepest recesses of the Flathead wilderness.

You can drive in from Morrisey on the Crowsnest highway, about 10 km W of Fernie; essentially you drive up reasonable gravel roads along Bean Creek to Lodgepole, turn E, and continue another 30 km or so until you intersect the Flathead Road; turn N and drive another 18 km -- on a much less pleasant road -- until you reach the general vicinity of the former (now vanished) small community of Flathead (GR 726699 on 82 G/7).

A shorter approach, although perhaps not much so in terms of time, descends to Hollebeke from the north. Turn left off the Crowsnest highway at the Corbin Mine Road (GR 604043 on 82 G/10); it's...

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