January 2, 2006
m (8,144 feet)
Elevation gain: 778 m
Ascent time: 2:15
Descent time: 2:00
with Bob, Dinah, Raff, Frank, Pete, Vitto, Kelly, Jason, and JP.
Admittedly, my primary motivation for participating in this group scramble was to finally meet some of the newer members of the unofficial RMB scramblers and I wasn’t expecting too much from the actual scramble, since I had already visited the summit of Little Lougheed in 2004. As luck would have it, not only did I get to enjoy the company of nine terrific scramblers, but the scramble was excellent and the scenery spectacular.
Bob and Dinah organized the
trip and with a terrific turn-out of ten eager participants, we started up the
diminutive, but very interesting outlier of
Once out of the trees, we were greeted by a spectacular view of Old Goat Mountain and Mount Nestor – one poor soul of the group received numerous reminders from other group members of how it had taken him (or her) five attempts to reach the summit of easy Mount Nestor – I won’t mention any names, but I think those members should all buy him (her) a beer for his (her) persistence.
Continuing on, we reached the
very interesting boulder field and carefully made our way through the
snow-covered and therefore tricky terrain. We decided to bypass much of the
field on the right side. Probably the most exciting part of the scramble
occurred when our quiet conversation was abruptly interrupted by a thunderous
crack, as a huge cornice failed on the summit ridge of
Above the treeline, we finally
stepped into the warming rays of the sun and more terrific scenery. The best
visuals of the day suddenly came into view, as we gained the left side of the
ascent slope: the enormous mass of
For the descent, we opted to go right through the boulder field for another wonderfully interesting and thrilling diversion. Travel was slow, the snow hiding many dangerous holes, but fabulous scenes of innumerable car-sized boulders strewn haphazardly across the terrain was a fitting end to a terrific trip. Great company, great weather, great scrambling – thank you to all.
P.S. Rumor has it, the poor soul likes Moosehead beer.
Mount Nestor (left) and Old Goat Mountain, from above the boulder field
Old Goat Mountain
Spray Lake, Nestor, Old Goat, and Mount Shark at the far left
The 2nd peak of Mount Lougheed
A tremendous cornice crashes down Mount Sparrowhawk
Four members of the group make the final push to the summit
Mount Lougheed through the gap
Bob, a little below the summit, checks out the 2nd and highest peak of Mount Lougheed
Kelly, JP, Pete, Frank, and Vitto chow down at the summit, with the 1st peak of Lougheed in the background
The spectacular 1st peak of Lougheed
Same as above
A closer look at the 1st peak
Jason checks out the 2nd peak
Bob, Dinah, JP, and Kelly start down; Big Sister (left) and Rimwall behind
Raff approaches the boulder field
Bob bags another summit on the way down
Spray Lake, Big Sister, and Rimwall