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A Rare Ascent of Soowa Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.12 - 00:33:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Border Ranges / Macdonald Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1010m
Participants: Manfred Czechak, Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Some bushwhacking lower down, but no real route-finding problems; moderate scrambling on the ridges, but mostly hands-in-pockets stuff
This report describes perhaps the easiest, if not the most direct, route of might Soowa Mountain
Manfred and I had headed off for a second excursion down to the Flathead on September 23, with a weather forecast looking very promising. The high pressure ridge never showed, and we had cloudy, sometimes rainy, and on Mt. Swope true blizzard conditions.

Although we had had illusions about ascending Mt. Broadwood, Soowa turned out to be our final climb for this trip, primarily because the weather did not seem to be improving.

We parked across from the outfitter's homestead and wandered up the bifurcated drainage to the NW; most of the bush was moderate (perhaps because this was late autumn), although there were patches of significant unpleasantness. But higher up the bush alternated with meadows and even lower down the immediate scenery was enjoyable.

The ascent to Soowa's E ridge was steep and tedious, but once on the ridge the route-finding and scrambling was more open and enjoyable; it is certainly possible to ascend this peak from a number of other directions as well.

The E ridge eventually curves back to the S, and provides excellent views of the ascent route and the valley below (See Bighorn); it is then easily followed to the well-cairned summit; in the following photo on this final N ridge is shown, although the valley we ascended lower down is implied in the foreground (See Soowa).

We had a leisurely lunch at the summit and took several photographs of the surrounding areas: (See ChinaWall).

We were up and down this lofty eminence efficiently enough that we drove back to our camp, packed up, and headed home, having had a sufficiency of chilly, cloudy, wet weather.

Soowa, incidentally, means cougar in the local aboriginal dialect. The survey crew was going to name this peak 'Cougar', but realized there...

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