Total elevation gain: approx.
Roundtrip time: 11:15
Scrambling with Mark.
I guess I wasn’t kidding
when I said of last week’s amazing
Picking the line of least resistance
actually brought us to
a col between
The fun part of the day started at
the “Great Cleft” of
We took in another
summit panorama, highlighted by the striking ridge between Pollock and
This part of the trip was definitely the highlight. The scenery en route to the Cap was outstanding. Approaching the objective, the formation looked more like Dracula’s castle than a Bishop’s Cap. The near vertical east face of the mountain (called the Garden Wall) was also extremely impressive. Mark led the entire ascent (described as 3rd and 4th class climbing) and did so with ease. Again, we roped up but were able to downclimb the Cap on descent without using the rope (though I’m glad I wore my approach shoes). With the SummitPost description, the ascent was fairly straightforward and the 4th class climbing sections were all very short.
We arrived at the 3rd
and final summit of the day
in great spirits. The ascent was fun and the summit view was fantastic.
pinnacle-riddled continuation of the ridge towards
An alternate descent route took us directly to the Highline Trail and an easy hike back to the car. A totally magnificent day.
WARNING: excessive number of photos below, due to the scenic nature of the trip; continue at own risk.
The summit block of Pollock Mountain, as seen from Lunch Creek
Slogging up the slopes of Piegan
Mark on the ridge, with the true summit of Piegan to the right and the Piegan Glacier below
Same as above with me instead
The outlier of Piegan
Mark and a gap in the rock
Approaching the true summit of Pieganl Mount Siyeh to the right
Looking north to The Garden Wall and Mount Gould
A closer look at The Garden Wall and Mount Gould
The view to the south; Reynolds and Bearhat are prominent