PIONEER GROUP

This group of nondescript peaks in the 9000′ class rises about 6 mi W of Mt Hamill in the Toby-Hamill massif and extends some 6 mi in the direction of Kootenay Lake, from which the Wmost alpine-type peak is 5 mi distant.
The area is bounded on the N by Hamill Creek and on the S by Fry-Carney Creeks, the mountains themselves being much closer to the latter. The peaks are arrayed in 2 wings, the more W around the head of the first major S tributary of Clint Creek, itself a tributary of Hamill Creek, and the E wing around the terminal forks of Clint Creek. There is some permanent snow but no glaciers of any size. Technical difficulties hardly ever exceed the scram­ bling level. The peaks are named after early settlers in the West Kootenay country.

Access The fire road which extends from Johnson’s Landing up Kootenay Joe Creek affords the most reasonable approach.

History This route was followed by B. Beck and associates in 1965 and 1969. From the height of land at the head of the creek (6700; the road continues down Seven Mile Creek to Carney Creek), the 1969 party crossed Kootenay Joe Ridge to camp 2 mi N .at 7200′. The peaks of the W wing were traversed going E to Continuation Col (7500, above head of terminal forks of Clint Creek) by B. Beck, H. Ector, C. Wagner. The next day Beck and Wagner ascended several peaks of the E wing. This group has also been reached Wells, 1969) from Hamill Creek to the N via ridges above Clint Creek-a much longer approach which is not recommended. The peaks are listed below in order from W to E; FA as described above unless otherwise noted.

Maps: 82K/2 Lardeau 

WINTER PEAK   2697m   8850′
2½ mi NE of Kootenay Joe Ridge; E of head of Seven Mile Creek.
FA Jan 1965, B. Beck (alone) via W face.

#1 (Mt Bulmer) 2789m 9150′  ½ mi ENE of Winter Peak.

#2 (Mt Beguin) 2850m 9350′  ½ mi E of #1.

#3 (Mt Bacchus) 2819m 9250′  Twin summit ½ mi NE of #2.

#4 (Mt Clark) 2697m 8850′  ½ mi NNE of #3.

#4b (Mt Wilkinson) 2606m 8550′  ½ mi W of Continuation Col (7500), which separates Wand E wings.

#5 (Mt McLanders) 2758m 9050′  ¾ mi S of#6.

#6 (Mt McLeod) 2880m 9450′  1 mi E of Continuation Col.

#7 (Mt Abey) 2850m 9350′  ½ mi NE of #6.

#8 (Mt Lake) 2911m 9550′  Apex of E subgroup; ¾ mi E of #7.

#9 (Mt Fitzsimmons) 2880m 9450′  ½ mi N of #8; head of glacier :flowing SE to Bonny Gem Lake.

#10 (Mt Sauczuk) 2819m 9250′  ½ mi E of #9; unclimbed.

#11 (Mt MacNicol) 2789m 9150′  ½ mi N of #10; unclimbed.

#12 (Mt Mason) 2880m 9450′  1 mi NW of #11; unclimbed. 3 mi to N and NE of#12 are some summits exceeding 9000′.

Best approach appears to be yia Crazy Creek, first major S tributary of Hamill Creek 8 mi beyond Clint Creek.

MT WILLET   2755m   9040′
3½ mi SW of Argenta. A long though locally popular climb from Argenta via sharp ridge from 8750′ W peak.

TOOTH RIDGE 2286m 7500-7700′
Prominent jagged ridge above Johnson’s Landing, between Mt Willet and Kootenay Joe Ridge.

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