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A Scramble up Golden Mountain from Fatigue Pass
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.31 - 00:08:54
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Phil Richards, Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 2: Some easy scrambling along the summit ridge. A long way from Sunshine Village with lots of total height gains.
A long, but easy hike 'n scramble from Sunshine Meadows to the NW ridge of Golden to its summit.
After successfully completing my second ascent of the diminutive Citadel Peak (with it's not-so-small views), Phil and I returned to our waiting overnight packs at Citadel Pass and prepared for the uphill trudge towards Fatigue Pass. See our approach trip report Scramble of Fatigue Mountain from Citadel Pass.

I'd often wondered what this pass looked like and Phil also remembers wondering about it on his way to Mount Assiniboine years previous. We were about to find out. I had no idea if there'd be decent bivy sites at, or near the pass but as part of our July long weekend peak bagging adventure in the area, finding a bivy site was key. We had to stay out of Banff National Park to avoid fines, and Fatigue Pass was really our only option, being just across the border in British Columbia's lovely Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

Unfortunately for me, I'd been "scooped" on Golden Mountain, simply due to not being able to prioritize it over the years since I first came across Rick Collier's likely first ascent trip report on I knew Rob Schnell and Chris Moneypenny had skied / scrambled up Golden Mountain a few years previous in a brutally long day from the Sunshine Meadows and an even more brutal return via Brewster Creek. Rob reported back that the terrain was easy, so I had no concerns about it. Our only concern on this particular weekend was the weather. We planned to bivy at the pass right under the north end of Golden in order to give ourselves as many shots at it as we'd need in the iffy weather. As it turns out, we only really needed one.

From the signed turnoff on the main Citadel Pass / Assiniboine trail the Fatigue Pass trail quickly faded. Thank goodness for cairns or it would be completely gone. The only place with a defined...

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