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A Pleasant Ascent of Remote Mt. Doupe
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 15:11:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Border Ranges / Macdonald Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 918m
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Carmie Callanan, Christine Grotefeld, Rick Collier
Difficulty: 2: Some route-finding concerns, but skid tracks get one fairly close to alpine old growth, at which point brooks and meadows lead easily to the bowl S of the objective.
Doupe is likely climbed only very rarely; as a result, its ascent takes place through remote, wild, and scenic countryside
We drove up the old logging road in 4WH, then followed this spacious drainage up old skid tracks back to the NW. At the end of the tracks, we continued up N through light old-growth forest interlaced with delightful little streams and the occasional snow patch.

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.
 (See Swope)

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...

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