Monthly Archives: November 2017

HUT to HUT TRAVERSE KOKANEE RANGE

Who would believe that in the Kootenays we have one of the finest hiking routes using three mountain huts? Some would say impossible; that one has to go to Switzerland or Italy or the high Sierra Nevada. But no, here … Continue reading

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EARLE WHIPPLE

Earle was born in Berkeley, California in 1930. They moved to Boston where his father, Fred L Whipple, was a professor of astronomy at Harvard. Earle began climbing with the Harvard Mountaineering Club in 1953 when the club went to … Continue reading

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LIGHTNING STRIKE & MONK PEAK

LIGHTING STRIKE MONK PEAK Stagleap Provincial Park is renowned for backcountry skiing, but there is also a range of summer hiking on trails and routes. There are panoramic views of the mountains around Kootenay Pass. Lightning Strike and Ripple Ridge … Continue reading

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GYPSY PEAK

GYPSY PEAK, NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON, 7309’, July 5, 2009 Map: Salmo-Priest Wilderness (US Forest Service) Janice and I decided to help the Americans celebrate their Fourth of July weekend by scaling this minor league but scenic peak, billed as the highest … Continue reading

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UNNAMED PEAK WEST of SILVERTIP LAKE

UNNAMED PEAK WEST OF SILVERTIP LAKE, KOKANEE RANGE, 2486 m. 8156’ MAP: Kokanee Peak 82F/11 NAD 27 June 18, 2009 I had noticed this rock peak, the farthest extension south of the Grays Peak system, from minor peaks in the … Continue reading

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KITCHENER PEAK

Where in the World is MOUNT KITCHENER? Truthfully, I’m not really sure. But, on Saturday, September 26, 2009 our group of four climbed some rocky peak, pretty much due west of the Giants Kneecap that sported a brand new KMC … Continue reading

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MOUNT RYKERT

Rambling Around Mount Rykert Prior to my KMC trip on Saturday, May 30, I got as many conditions reports as I could, none of which, said much of the same thing. Two people reported sloppy snow and arduous conditions locally, but … Continue reading

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WATERLINE WALLS

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK Forty Six New Routes, Two Minutes From Downtown, By Vince Hempsall. Ask long time locals, newcomers from across Canada or those who travel here from other parts of the world – Interior B.C.’s rock climbing … Continue reading

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MOUNT HOLMES

MT. HOLMES   2498m 8195’  Map Slocan 82F/14 July 17 Mt. Holmes, part of the Kokanee Group, is 5 km. northeast of Mt. Carlyle and lies between Keen Creek and Twelve Mile Creek. “Back in the day,” as the kids say, … Continue reading

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KEYSTONE MT

Keystone Mtn. 1663m  5456’ Map Salmo 82F/3) Jan. 29 As the skiing has been so beastly lately, trip coordinator Sandra McGuinness deemed a snowshoe ascent of the Bonnington Range’s dread Keystone Mtn., 4.5 km. north of Salmo, to be an … Continue reading

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