It's a long drive from Calgary, of course, taking nearly four hours to reach Fernie, and then over an hour to get into the back country. This time (June 27), instead of driving over Harvey Pass on the Lodgepole Road, we turned south and headed down toward the Wigwam River. A couple of km past the steep, curving downhill to the bridge over this river and up the other side, we pulled into an the remnant of an old clear-cut and fashioned our rather luxurious camp, complete with cook tent, lounge chairs, and a cooler with unmentionables in it.
The next day our objective was a summit we had viewed from several vantages in the past and one all of us wished to ascend: Mount Broadwood, a huge massif, rising four thousand feet from the valley floor, boasting only one feasible non-technical route, and wrapped almost entirely by its famous 'China Wall' (See China Wall1 and China Wall2 and China Wall3)
We retraced our drive back up the west side of the Wigwam and above the bridge to where the conservation road branches off south along the rim of the watercourse; this road is open to public travel for only about a month a year from mid-June to mid-July. We drove about 3 km into this conservation area - a reasonable truck, perhaps even with 4WD is now necessary because of washouts.
We started up the slopes to our right toward the obvious treed slot in the China Wall (See The Breach); it's a 1200' steepish grunt to this point. Here, we had two strokes of luck: the drainage rising up through this treed slot was dry... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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