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Southerly Extension to Unnamed 2300 from Heart Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2019.06.19 - 18:47:00
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Christophe Meyer, Nigel Tuffrey, Barb Tilley, Josh Gallis, Craig Hartmetz
Difficulty: 3: An easy extension to the Heart Mountain hike with a short, slightly spooky downclimb. Some people may appreciate the use of a rope here, but it is not really necessary. Good (short) 4th class or higher depending on where you climb down.
An extension for the Heart Mountain traverse, following a ridge South to reach a twin summit overlooking HWY 40. I'll just call it Unnamed 2300.
Myself and Christophe led our first ACC trip together to kick off the season. With the heavy snowpack the winter had left us, front range stuff in Chinook country seemed to be a good choice. Even with that gunning for us, we would still find outselves balls deep in isothermal slush.

We started Saturday with a quick meeting at the Heart Creek parking lot, and then got walking. After about 15-20 minutes we reached the clearly marked offspur which heads right onto the scramble route. Everything is quite simple on this ascent and it has been described in several other reports and a guidebook so I'll skip the details. Essentially you follow easy slabs and trails up to a small gulley with an orange marker, and they you reach the false summit. From there scenic ridge walking brings you to the true summit about a half hour away.

We had made such good time that we decided to extend our day a little. I had been eying up a peak to the S which appeared to be connected to Heart by some wandering ridges. It was a little distant for a beginner club trip but the elevation gain looked almost non-existent and so we decided to give it a shot.
  [photo]IMG_0109.jpg[caption]Summit of Heart Mountain with Unnamed 2300 behind.[/photo]

The way to gain the twin summits to the south is to follow the obvious ridge off of Heart's true summit to a group of trees. This ridge looks to be a cake walk but those trees hide a difficulty in the form of a steep downclimb. We elected to downclimb on the W side of the ridge, breaking down and then back to the climber's Left (North) along a small ledge to where the downclimb was only a few feet. The moves were a little spooky due to the abrupt mantle on small hands and invisibility of the footholds, but wasn't really too bad....

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