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Traverse Of The Goodsirs
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 12:43:48
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Ottertail Range
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Colin Wooldridge, Jason Thompson
Difficulty: 5: Loose rock, climbing to 5.4
Traverse of the Goodsirs from South to North with 2 bivouacs
[photo]1GoodsirsTraverse.png[caption]Goodsirs Traverse[/photo]

On August 14-16, 2004, Colin Wooldridge and I traversed the three Goodsir peaks - possibly the first time this has been done (although none of this was new terrain; Goodsir South had been traversed in both directions previously). I had heard so much bad press about the poor rock quality that I was prepared for the worst...but it turned out much better than expected. In retrospect I think our happy experience with these peaks was due to: 1) the peaks were very very dry when we visited them, 2) we didn't have to descend the huge SW ridge (or S Face) of S Goodsir, and 3) I initially reported that we climbed the SW Ridge of S Goodsir, but having read more detail (and viewed some pictures) of that route later, I now think we were on the S Face.

On the first day, after driving from Calgary and navigating the maze of logging roads, we hiked up the Ice River and then Zinc Creek to the head of the valley below South Goodsir. Our campsite beside the last patch of scruffy trees in upper Zinc Creek afforded some flat ground and running water nearby. The weather forecast called for 3 clear days so we didn't take tents or bivi sacks - which worked out well for the first night...

Early the next morning saw us scrambling up the S Face of S Goodsir. After hearing numerous horror stories about the terrible rock quality I was anxious, but it never got that bad - at least not by Rockies standards. [photo]2rockQuality.JPG[caption]Rock quality on S Goodsir (S Face?)[/photo]

We stayed on the ridges and out of the gullies. The route was dry and the ropes stayed in our packs until we reached the summit of S Goodsir about 8 hours after leaving camp.
  [photo]3dryConditions.JPG[caption]Dry conditions on S...

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