In late April, Captain Bivouac and Betsy Waddington skied the Bonnington Traverse in poor weather and trying conditions, and, afterward, repaired to our house in Blewett to recover. Sufficiently recovered after one day, we spent the next two mostly sunny days ski touring a couple of classic Kootenay routes, which, surprisingly, have yet to be recorded on Bivouac.
Our first day out was up Old Glory Mountain, a popular Rossland ski ascent with a few options for ascent and descent. Old Glory, at 2376 metres - if you happen to be into that sort of thing - features 1000 metres of prominence and does stand tall among lesser Rossland peaks, the remainder of which struggle to break 2,000 metres. [photo]old_glory_east.jpg[caption]The east side of Old Glory in a low snowpack year, the various east side descents are not looking too appealing[/photo]
As there is scant detail on Bivoauc about ski-touring Old Glory Mountain, and the local (next to useless) guidebook doesn't even feature the highest mountain in the Rossland Range, a few details on ascent and descent routes are given here.
The first thing you have to do is get to the base of Old Glory in upper Esling Creek. The most common and quickest way to do this is to park at the Winter Parking Lot (Old Glory and Plewman) (about 9 km from Rossland on Highway 3B, cross the highway and follow a logging road through an old clearcut for about 2 km to where the road has a switchback. Just before this switchback, duck into the mature timber to skiers left (west) and join the Plewman trail to Old Glory summit (the Plewman Trail to Old Glory. Follow the summer trail uphill and west until you can gain... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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