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Climb of Badger Peak near Badger Pass
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.15 - 04:54:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Sawback Range
  (4 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Warren, Chris, Paul and Jenise Finlay, Chris Nixon
Difficulty: 3: A low 5th class cliff band of very chossy rock in a gully having high rockfall risk midway up can be skirted by going around to the left on class 3 slopes.
Ascent of 2930m unnamed peak south of Badger Pass
An unnamed peak at GR765-946, 1.5km southwest of Badger Pass, was listed as having no recorded ascent in David Jones "Rockies Central" book.

[photo]20190803_203436.jpg[caption]Sunshine highlights our summit objective with the correct scree ramp leading directly to the sunshine[/photo]

We reached the base of this peak by following the Johnson Creek trail for 21.4 km followed by a few kms on the trail to Badger Pass, camping overnight at Jo 18 near Luellen Lake on the way. Two obvious scree slopes, separated by a long linear rock band, appeared to lead to the summit. Choosing the right hand slope led to a false summit with a 30 m descent on very loose mid 5th class rock with very high risk of rockfall that we did not attempt. Instead, we descended to the valley floor and after a bivouac, the next day we tried the next scree slope east of our first attempt. We skirted a cliff band half way up by heading left and following a scree gully through steeper rock. We had a look at an alternative route through the cliff band on the right (west) that went up a drainage gully but it had too high a risk of rockfall for our tastes so we did not attempt it. Once above the cliff band, a straightforward class 2 scramble led to the summit. The summit had a large cairn, but no written record within it.

[photo]20190804_141759.jpg[caption]The preexisting cairn and view from the summit of unnamed peak...

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