Managed to secure a free day to climb Mt Fable on Sunday June 1st. The trip up Exshaw Creek proved to be an exercise in log-jumping, creek-hopping and bush-whacking until reaching the correct ascent drainage. Having hiked Exshaw Creek before the 2013 floods, I would say this area is now a bit rougher, but Gil Daffern's new book does describe a by-pass route in the forest on the east side to avoid some of the nastiness (although, this was discovered after the fact). The first few kilometers of the drainage were nice and dry, before running into supportive snow which made the going even easier for the next couple of km's. The snow gave way to some avi debris just below the headwall, where we could see some massive cornices guarding the upper ridge that defines the traverse from Mt Fable to Gap Peak. One section had already let loose, so we did not linger and immediately scrambled up the cliff bands of the headwall to avoid any potential avalanche run-outs in case the cornices decided to collapse on this warm day. Once above the headwall, a snow slope adjacent to brown scree lead all the way to the col, where the rest of the route to the summit was mostly bare and dry. The upper summit ridge had some residual snow on the left side that was easily avoided, and the narrow ridge provided some excitement before reaching the summit. Did see some old bootprints in the snow so we were not the first ones up there this year, but the lack of summit register made it impossible to know when the other party made it. The descent was made easy using the brown scree above the headwall, and the snow in the drainage below. Faint trails/bare areas on skiers left made the drainage hike tolerable once the snow ran out, and the final 5 km out Exshaw Creek was a repeat of the approach (except with a higher creek level after a hot sunny day).
1. In the ascent drainage just before the snow starts, Mt Fable to the right.
2. Avi debris just below the headwall.
3. Easy travelling on snow in the upper drainage.
4. Section of collapsed cornice on the Fable-Gap traverse ridge.
5. Gap Peak in the middle foreground.
6. Route from the col to the upper summit ridge almost completely dry.
7. Upper ridge with summit cross (!) in sight.
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