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Beaverfoot Traverse, part VI
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.18 - 21:27:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Kootenay Ranges / Brisco Range
(4 days) Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Rick Collier, JA Owen
Difficulty: 3: Mostly easy, if somewhat demanding, ridge walking for the entire traverse; the route up Kindersley is exposed and difficult
This is a summary of the final excursion along the Brisco-Beaverfoot range to complete the entire traverse from Radium to Golden
July 16: JA and I met in Radium and grunted up the Sinclair Creek trail under the strain of enormous packs (at least mine felt like it was enormous). It's a gorgeous trail that runs next to a rushing stream and winds upward through high BC rain forest, but it is also unrelentingly steep; however, after 6.5 km and 3100' of elevation gain, we climbed beyond scrub alpine and glacier lilies to the pass. We pursued our labours uphill for another 400' and then traversed NW around Kindersley SE4 - 8850' (See KindersleySE4). Once back on the ridge crest, JA and I dropped our packs and scrambled up a complex and exposed arete to the summit (See KindersleySE4), from which we had a fine view of the intervening ridge to Kindersley, of Kindersley itself (See Kindersley), and of the distant Assiniboine group (See Assiniboine).
Following our descent, we wandered over easy ridges to a depression flanked by a large snowbank where we set up camp and had supper. Rain, wind, thunder, and lightning for a good part of the night.
July 17: after a meagre breakfast, we continued on to the NW, sticking as much as possible to the undulations of the ridge crest (Kindersley SE1), occasionally avoiding significant complexities by traversing on the SW side, but always with an eye on the massive walls of our objective (See Kindersley); there were sufficient difficulties and twists n' turns in the ridge that it was nearly noon by the time we reached the SE ridge of Kindersley itself at 8825'. Although from a distance the southerly aspect of Kindersley seemed to suggest that the climbing was serious but doable, what we had been unable to see was a cleft prior to the south face itself that made access to the easier headwall...
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