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One Day Ascent of Resolute Mountain (Lion and Lioness)
Timestamp Free: 2019.05.21 - 20:04:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Ben N, Steven S, Vern D
Difficulty: 2: Rustic bits of trail and some bushwhacking to treeline. From there easy to moderate scrambling if dry. Ice ax and crampons might be handy for steep snow slopes.
A long and remote day scramble and bushwhack up Thompson Creek to the twin summits of Resolute Mountain.
On Sunday, July 07, 2013 I was joined by Steven and Ben for a long scramble up Resolute Mountain near the White Goat Wilderness north of the North Saskatchewan River valley and up Thompson Creek, just east of Mount Cline.

After a pretty long outing on Friday up Numa Mountain, we apparently thought we were ready for an even longer outing on Sunday. Resolute is not often scrambled, if for no other reason than it's a bloody long day and sits right beside an 11,000er (Cline) so is not seen as a worthy summit. After completing it I can say that it is worth the long day and the many meters of height gain provided you have good weather and clear views from the top.

We started early, anticipating afternoon thunderstorms, at 04:40 from the Thompson Creek bridge (near a campground). The Thompson Creek Trail on the right side of the creek was obvious even in the predawn light. What also became obvious right away was the recent flood damage to the creek bed and parts of the nearby trail. Almost immediately we were forced off the old trail onto a new one, which was really only beat-down grass at this point. Considering the flood was only 2 week previous, I was impressed that there was a new trail already forming. This first section is the shared approach with Mount Cline, so it makes sense that it sees more traffic.

[photo]lion002.jpg[caption]Early morning grass-whacking beside Thompson Creek.[/photo]

Eventually we had to bail out of the creek due to flooding and debris and we almost immediately found flagging and a track again. I'm calling it a track because from this point on, it's not always obvious where to go. Basically if you stick to climber's right of the creek and stay high above it (but about 100 vertical meters below any rock...

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