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An Afternoon Ascent of Mount Corrigan
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.24 - 20:33:13
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Taylor Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 845m
Participants: Rick Collier
Difficulty: 2: Moderate bushwhacking; deep snow in early season; a couple of tricky spots near the summit
A brief account of an ascent of Mount Corrigan
[For the first part of this Flathead Excursion (2011) see the TR for Mount Broadwood]

After a good celebration and fine night's rest, on June 29 we drove back to the Lodgepole Road and, just before Harvey Pass, took the McClatchie Pass cut-off, climbing up to McClatchie Pass and then down to the Flathead Pass road (note: the McClatchie road will be impassible very soon because of a deep washout). We continued north up the toward Flathead Pass and then found a meadowy area next to Squaw Creek for our second camp. (This camp was at 49.392011,-114.643201=camp on Squaw Creek

Later in the afternoon, I drove a few km down to the intersection of the Flathead Valley Road with McClatchie FSR, parked, and ambled up the most easterly of two S trending ridges descending from Mount Corrigan (See Corrigan); this photo is somewhat misleading since it was taken later in the season a couple of years earlier, so the scene is virtually devoid of snow, which was not the case this day.

There was some bushwhacking and a fair bit of snow on this ridge, with some post-holing but mostly with firm, stable conditions. However, it is not a steady gradient on this ridge and there is moderate loss/gain of elevation.

Eventually I came to a join between this south ridge and an east-facing ridge, where I had a good view of Centre Mountain (See Centre), and then slogged on up west through the snow to the crest of this final ridge. A couple scrambly bits on rock and some steepish snow and I was on the rounded, completely snow-covered summit (7450'); good views of the surrounding peaks: See Darrah.

Then, in order to gain the advantage of a snow descent, I took the most westerly of the two S ridges back down; I had good going until the snow...

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