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South Totem and Spreading Peaks
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.16 - 18:20:46
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Murchison Group
  (1 days)
Participants: Bill Leach, Alda. Sim and guest Steeve Duquet
Difficulty: 3:
Spurred on by the great weather we have had in September, I decided to give South Totem (3054 m.) and Spreading Peak (3072 m.) a try. These peaks are accessed from Totem Creek which has some difficult bushwhacking in the upper stretches. [photo]TotemTower.jpg[caption]Totem Tower, South Totem and Spreading Peak[/photo]

However, we found a nicely blazed trail for the first kilometre, then a less well defined trail up to the junction where the creek draining the west side of Spreading Peak joins Totem Creek. Only at the very end did we hit the first rockfall slope off the cliffs to the north.

We crossed both creeks at that point and climbed to treeline.

[photo]CrossingTotemCreek.jpg[caption]Crossing Totem Creek[/photo]

While appearing close, the peak was fore-shortened and it took 2.5 hours to get to the summit of South Totem. No register was found.

[photo]SummitSouthTotem.jpg[caption]On the summit of South Totem Peak[/photo]

Great views of our recent objective, Bison Peak.

[photo]BisonPeak.jpg[caption]Bison Peak from South Totem Peak[/photo]

... and Corona Ridge. [photo]CoronaRidge.jpg[caption]Corona Ridge[/photo]

A subsidiary peak to the east appeared slightly higher. Alda explored a route over, but gave it up due to the snow cover and the poor quality of the underlying rocks. Viewed from Spreading Peak, it is unclear whether the east peak is higher.

Alda returning from her exploration

Our next objective, Spreading Peak, would be an easy walk once we got down to the col. [photo]SpreadingPeak.jpg[caption]Spreading Peak from South Totem Peak[/photo]

We descended the west face for 100 vertical m. then traversed slopes to the South Totem - Spreading Peak col. It took a little over an hour to get to Spreading...

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