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Devon Mountain via Quartzite Col
Timestamp Free: 2018.07.20 - 01:54:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Murchison Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1767m
Participants: Ben N, Steven S, Eric C, Vern D
Difficulty: 3: A moderate to difficult scramble in dry conditions.
A scramble up Devon Mountain en route to our Mount Willingdon bivy site.
I've had plans for years involving a trip into the Devon Lakes area across the Siffleur River valley and the head of the Clearwater River in eastern Banff National Park. My plans involved summits such as Dip Slope, Three Brothers, Clearwater and of course the 11,000er in the region, Willingdon. Originally the plan was to go in the fall when all the brilliant color was at full height but when an opportunity came up to go with the 3 amigos from Edmonton (Ben, Eric and Steven), I couldn't say no.

Due to time constraints we couldn't possibly summit everything in the area so we planned a 3 day trip with Devon as our day one summit - hoping to tag it on approach to our bivy site under Mount Willingdon. Day 2 would be a 3 summit day (Willingdon, Crown and Tower) with Clearwater completing our 3 day peak bagging adventure near Devon Lakes. Funny how plans don't always go the way you think they will!

We met at the trailhead at around 07:00 and were soon tramping up Mosquito Creek to Quartzite Col. Just before the 4th bridge we found a faint trail snaking off to the north (left) along the left branch of the creek, which we followed through very wet bushes / vegetation. The trail is faint but obvious - there is NO reason to bushwhack on the Quartzite Col Route - you should be on this faint trail right through a creek crossing and up into the upper meadow beneath the col.

[photo]devon001.jpg[caption]The trail up to Quartzite Col from Mosquito Creek is a bit faint but should be obvious in most sections.[/photo]

[photo]devon005.jpg[caption]The access slopes to the upper valley beneath Quartzite Col are surprisingly steep. Looking back over our approach.[/photo]

[photo]devon006.jpg[caption]Looking ahead to the col (R) and the upper valley (L) - you should...

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