N 49° 21.161 W 114° 26.297
BCP472 Syncline Mountain
We had our typical early start to the day and enjoyed the partial eclipse of the moon while driving to our starting point. I remember skimming the description of the hike in the scrambles guide book and thinking this will be an easy little jaunt. We were to meet two other hikers at the trail head making our total push to the summit, seven hikers. Well we arrived at the trailhead and waited (not long) and headed out two climbers short, sorry guys.
The climb started with some nasty bushwhacking, a lot of blowdown and thorny vegetation. We soon reached a ridge and this made our hiking much better. Note: there is no trail up this mountain. We continued up the southface of this ridge avoiding the snow that was in the trees and rapidly gained elevation. Our party of five was soon spread out, up and down the ridge.
Three of us were resting below "the gates" a pair of rocky outcroppings that you need to climb through to reach the summit ridge, when we heard a loud crashing noise. I thought this was a large mammal and was ready to reach for the bear spray. Well it turns out to be our two missing compadres. It seems they arrived about 5 minutes after we left our car and headed up the wrong ridge and bushwhacked over to meet us.
The remainder of the trip to the summit was a straight forward slog up steep rocks and across and broad ridge. The views were fantastic. We reached the summit, took pictures, ate and pondered the rest of the day. Did I mention there are 2 other peaks associated with this mountain?
So off we go towards peak number 2. It wasn't long before we split into two groups, the brave and the wise. The wise group decided not to continue onward but to head back to the vehicle after exploring a few rocky pinnacles. And the brave group continued to peak 2 and 3.
So I explored the pinnacles with j2d2 and SleepyHollow all the while watching the progress of our remaining 4 climbers. We returned the way we came and then had 4 plus hours to kill. We were finally reunited and heard tales of the worlds worst bushwhack after peak 3.
Stats for the day, 10km and 1000+ metres elevation gain.