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Mount Pool - Southern Approach and SE Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.11 - 21:32:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Duncan Ranges / Badshot Range
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 2600m
Participants: Dan Richardson, Douglas Noblet
Difficulty: 3: Moderate routefinding, mostly easy Class 3 scrambling (harder scrambling avoidable), minor exposure.
Possible new approach to Mount Pool from the south, scramble of SE Ridge.


I'd been wanting to get some good views of the Battle Range and realized that Mount Pool was the highest non-technical scramble in the Badshots. Looking at previous accounts, it appeared the easiest access used to be from the Spider Mine Road, up the Incomappleux valley, but I figured this road was in too rough of condition to bother with and there was a road going to the alpine near Great Northern Mountain.

It seemed as though the SE Ridge would be the easiest way to get to Mount Pool summit, but Kim Kratky had left a summit register at Beak Peak, and I thought it'd be great to do the traverse and check the register, though I wasn't sure how that traverse route would look in person.

I also wasn't sure if this road was going to be driveable at all, so we brought bikes and extra supplies in case we ended up camping up the Incomappleux as a Plan B and did shorter trips from there.

Day One
We left Nelson at 6:45am, hoping to stop in Nakusp at a bakery, only to find out that there wasn't currently a bakery operating in town. We continued up to the Beaton turn-off and then down south until the sign for the Trout Lake Transfer Station. The road above the Transfer Station was in decent shape down low. Previous reports had suggested huge waterbars, but when they finally made their appearance, they were big, but also long, so I didn't have much trouble getting the Subaru through them. Farther up, the road became steeper and looser. We ditched the bikes in the bush, moved some rocks and with a good run at it, we made it up this first tough stretch to the next switchback. After some deliberation and more clearing of rocks, I ran the gauntlet up another section. After that a tree was down, so we parked at about 1700m, in the...

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