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Definitely Not a Bore: Climbing Mount Bor (and Buri) in Valhalla Provincial Park
Timestamp Free: 2019.12.13 - 09:15:23
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Valhalla Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Doug Brown, Rene LeBel, Sandra McGuinness
Difficulty: 2: No bushwhacking, snow slopes to 35 degrees, class 2 to class 3 scrambling on final ridge
Hiking up Mount Bor via the Lucifer-Black Prince col
If there is one thing sure to drive a peak bagger crazy, it's not knowing which summit of a particular mountain is THE summit. A case in point, is Mount Bor in the Valhalla Range. Mount Bor has two obvious summits, the southern most one is eight metres higher than the north summit (according to TRIM maps), but it is the north summit, that bears the named point on the topographical map. With tremendous trepidation, lest I miss the "real" Mount Bor, I decided to go for the higher south summit - after all, the climbing route described in the Black Book of Lies (Columbia Mountains of Canada South) is for the south summit.

Doug and I left Nelson at 5.30 in the morning, and picked up Rene at the Little Slocan Lakes Recreation Site at 6.30 am, where the campers in residence were all happily ignoring the open fire ban and had left their smoky fires burning untended all night. I always wonder what people do all weekend in these campsites, as no matter what time of day you enter or exit the campsite, everyone is always sitting around smoking cigarettes, burning wood, drinking beer and talking in loud voices about all the things they're gonna do - doesn't it all get just a wee bit boring after, oh, say the first 36 hours?

But, enough about Kootenay red-necks, back to Mount Bor. The hike up to Drinnan Lake went quickly as usual - Valhalla Provincial Park sports two of the few well maintained trails in the West Kootenays. At the lake, the tent pads were all still under snow, and the trail to Drinnan Pass and down to Coven Lakes was also snow covered. We had patchy snow to Gwillim Lakes, while from Gwillim Lakes on, the route was snow-covered - late June/early July is definitely the best time to do this trip to take advantage of quick and easy travel on the snow. From...

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