A Couple of West Kootenay Routes - ClubTread Community

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
Summit Master
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: , , .
Posts: 2,831
Default A Couple of West Kootenay Routes

On Sunday, a couple of us drove up to Kaslo and took 12 Mile Creek FSR up into the Kokanee Range to climb Mount Holmes, an 8,100 foot peak at the north end of the range. We had been expecting to have to walk from the Retallack Hwy, as a landslip had been blocking the road for years, but were pleasantly surprised to find the landslip repaired - something that almost never happens, and were able to drive to 4,500 feet to park.

The usual West Kootenay bushwack took us up to about 5,100 feet where we contoured into a drainage and got good snow cover and fast travel to the upper basin under the north side of Mount Holmes.


North side Mount Holmes

With excellent snow for step kicking we got onto a spur ridge at about 7,700 feet, followed this up to a sub-summit and the main west ridge of Mount Holmes.


West ridge and summit Mount Holmes

Getting to the top from here was easy class 2/3 scrambling and we were on top by 10.40 am. Which was good as convective clouds had already built.


Looking down on our ascent route

We didn't hang around too long - ya just never know when a big thunderstorm is brewing at this time of year. But, instead of descending to the east off the ridge, we dropped into a different valley to the west and got back to the road with minimal bushwacking and were back at the truck by 1.00 pm.


Easy descent down the west side of the ridge.

Today, I went out with a different friend and climbed Megawatts, an 8 pitch, 5.8 sport route up Brilliant Bluffs above Castlegar. Climbing Megawatts is a Rockies experience in the Kootenays as the rock tends to be loose and the route wanders. But, even for all that, it's a fun few hours out, but you wouldn't want to be below an inexperienced party.


Photographing each other on P5

P7

P8

We topped out about lunchtime, had some food and then started the hike off. On completely flat ground I somehow twisted my ankle and proceeded to limp painfully down the 3 km walk-off. Back at the truck when I took my shoe off, my foot was swollen up like a basketball. Thus proving that the difficulty really is in the descent.
sandy is offline  
Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 07:19 PM
Super Moderator
 
KARVITK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Abbotsford, B.C., Canada.
Interest: Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Photography. Enjoying the outdoors fresh air and fitness experience.
Posts: 17,919
Default

Wow, great trip. Neat shots of you as you look a lot like surefooted mountain goats. Ironic you should hurt foot on flat ground...

K
KARVITK is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1