This terrain was succeeded by meadows replete with fine spreads of wildflowers. (See Buttercups.
We followed the centre-right branch of the drainage and ascended alpine forest (occasional bushwhacking) just right of the col in the S ridge of Doupe, where we had a fine view of the entire extent of Inverted Ridge just S across the Bighorn valley (See Inverted).
1250' on the slopes of the S/SW ridge through light alpine foliage, scree, and unstable talus took us to the false summit of Doupe.
(See photo Doupe)
Along the way we had a perfect view of the two peaks to the NW.
A slight descent and then another climb of 250' on an easy ridge led to the summit, where we had excellent views of most of the Flathead, of The Steeples, of Mt. Proctor near Fernie, and of the Castle-Crown and Waterton area (See Peaks to East and Peaks to SE). Doupe certainly seemed to be the highest peak around.
We descended the SSE ridge from the false summit and then dropped down scree and sand back into the upper bowl in order to avoid the unstable... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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