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A 'bushwhacky' ascent of Overfold Mt.
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 13:15:12
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Border Ranges / Macdonald Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1223m
Participants: Rick Collier, Carmie Callanan, Christine Grotefeld
Difficulty: 2: Mostly route-finding and bushwhacking
This report details the obstacles and pleasures of an ascent of this rarely climbed peak.
We drove back NW from our camp, past Mt. Swope (GR 583547, 8261'), and down about a thousand feet to the drainage just W of our objective (GR 561534); we parked about 0.3 km up a deadend side road (on the N side of the Bighorn road).

We bashed N up this drainage through deadfall and bush for about 0.5 km, impediments sufficient to get all three of us thinking about bailing on this enterprise; but then we found a fairly well-maintained trail along the creek - hunters perhaps? - which we followed intermittently, there being occasional avalanche debris choking the drainage . . . and sometimes the trail simply disappeared. These repeated events caused us to call this path a 'sucker trail': whenever we were on the verge of giving up, we found at least the trace of a track, but then, as we were gaining optimism, it would fizzle out into deadfall and debris.

Eventually, after a couple of kilometers of this nasty work, we had put too much effort into this project to quit, although a decidedly unpleasant thicket of alders directly in front of us gave us pause. To avoid this vicious interlude, we climbed up above the creek on the right (E), side-hilled our way through forest, crossed a couple of drainages, and worked our way up the meadowy Overfold/Swope valley (that runs up to the NE (about GR 563548)).

Eventually, the meadows gave way to open old-growth forest. We continued on NNE up the primary drainage, thinking we might head to the unnamed lake at GR 529562 or the nearby col for lunch; instead, however, in order to stay in the open, we headed up the W/SW flank of Overfold, which serendipitously turned out to be the most direct and easiest ascent route.

Once we had gained a good view of the surrounding territory, we turned sharp right (E) and huffed and puffed...

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