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Mt Crysdale Spring Ascent
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.17 - 14:36:15
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Hart Ranges / Misinchinka Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Matt Sponiar, Isaac Tilstra
Difficulty: 3: steep, taxing bushwhack with no trail below treeline. basically a hike or very moderate scramble above treeline. hands only used over forest obstacles (of which there are many) and for a very small amount of mild rock/snow scrambling with little exposure up top.
65km bumpy FSR, ~12km hiking overgrown old FSR (cleared by machete summer 2018). 4 creeks, 1 beaver dam to cross hiking FSR. ascent begins across the river from base camp, snow began at treeline.
BACKGROUND: Crysdale is the tallest mtn in the north Misinchinka range; only Sentinel Peak and Mt Vreeland far to the south stand taller. This mountain, along with many in the range, offers access challenges and requires some orienteering as there is no trail, and no previous recorded ascents that we could find. The area is quite wild; grizzlies are known to be plentiful and, aside from the forestry a few decades ago, is largely untouched.

This was Matt & my third attempt at summiting Crysdale. we chose this mountain as an objective precisely because of it's lack of information, it's relative location to the town we both lived in at the time (FSJ), its possible status as yet unclimbed, and its position as the tallest mountain overlooking both arms of the Williston reservoir (at least, the tallest to the south?). we figured those factors should put us in the way of some adventure, and to that end, we didn't come up empty.

the first trip resulted in little more than gathering information; we pressed our way (for 6 hours) through 12km of incredibly tight overgrowth on what is left of the old FSR and, after crossing the river and gaining about 150m of the forested shoulder in pouring rain, decided we didn't have the time, wits, or the rain gear to continue. the second trip we brought reinforcements (in the form of both our dads) and cut a path from the car drop to the base camp just above the river, adding crude log bridges over the creeks where possible. again we tried to gain the shoulder, this time picking a line east of the obvious avalanche chute, and again came up short.

for this attempt, we schemed a different strategy. on paper, the route, distance, and elevation compare to what might be a moderate day hike in the Coast or Rocky mountains. but without a...

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