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Punk Peak: Up the Burnt Southeast Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 02:56:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Nelson Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Participants: Kieran Simpson, Kail Huber
Difficulty: 2: Moderate bushwhacking and a steady uphill climb the entire way over a short distance. Easy route-finding.
Summiting Punk Peak in the Nelson Range via the South ridge from an unnamed FSR below to the East.
We took the unnamed FSR as far as we could, stopping just before the end and walking a little bit because of a fallen tree.

From just before the end of the FSR we followed a creek up the ridge. The bush is starting to grow quite thick again, but is only ankle to knee height mostly; there was a forest fire in the area several years ago. We followed the creek through burnt trees until the bush got thicker and the trees were healthier. We went more right trying to find the clearest route before hitting the steeper section of the slope to the ridge.

From here we traversed left until we topped out on the ridge just left of the col. From here, with Punk in view on climber's left, it was an easy ascent the final 100m to the summit following the ridge line.

A very enjoyable short hike that can be over within two hours easy if you're a speedy bushwhacker.

[photo]DSC09329.JPG[caption]Zooming in on the Southern Purcells. You can just make out Snowcrest, Akokli, and Haystack![/photo]

[photo]DSC09323.JPG[caption]The Three Sisters Peaks more central in the Nelson Range. Looking Northwest.[/photo]

[photo]DSC09321.JPG[caption]Looking Southeast from Punk summit to Mount Hulme (left) and Mount Midgeley (right/center) before the Creston Valley.[/photo]

[photo]DSC09320.JPG[caption]Looking North to the Darkwoods Peaks. From left to right: Royce, Rolls, Wood,...

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