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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mt. Ptolemy in southern Alberta

Mt. Ptolemy is the highest peak in the Flathead range. A rough logging road close to the mining community of Corbin, BC provides an excellent access to the mountain. We took a direct line to the false summit from where we parked. It worked out perfect! From the false summit, the connecting ridge to the summit looked incredibly daunting. The traverse to the true summit involved some intense and sustained stretches of difficult and exposed scrambling. The crux for us was the last big notch in the connecting ridge. It was severely exposed, so there was no room for error. First we had to descend a loose gully and then traverse a scree covered ledge to a wall of steep slabs. This is where I put my climbing shoes on and Liz asked for a rope. After we regained the ridge, we`ve encountered no further difficulties. After a lengthy summit stay, we retraced our steps back along the ridge. Hard to believe that such a prominent peak sees very few visitors.

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