Douglas, while photographing bears in the Lardeau Valley in October, had decided on a whim with a friend to drive up the Duncan to scout it out. He discovered that the road had been brushed and graded all the way to about the 103km. I'm not entirely sure how bad it had been before, but sounds like it was a long grind. Through the winter I schemed and made plans as to possible trips, thinking of some kind of base camp at a vehicle.
In the spring, Douglas had taken part in the first full traverse of the Selkirks from Kootenay Pass to Mica Creek and was keen to get back to the Battle Range. I drove up in the spring to scout camping spots and routes (making it to the 110km), before finally settling on a plan. We would try 2-3 trips. I'd been keen on Jigger Peak, but as this was a minor peak and a day trip, it ended up falling by the wayside. Instead, we did two 3-day trips, one into the Hatteras Group in the Purcells, and one into the Nemo Group of the Battle Range of the Selkirks.
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In 1953, the Riley party did a 12-day north to south traverse heading up Vermont Ck through Valley of the Lakes/Snowman Pass, Hume Headwaters, Vowells, ending in Bugaboos. No summits in Hatteras Group. Mostly passing...
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