Mountain height: 2629 m
Elevation gain: 900 m
Ascent time: 3:25
Traverse time: 1:00
Descent time: 2:05
Following in the footsteps of Kevin Barton, who did this
route a week earlier, I set off to try
The hike along a tributary and around the base of the mountain was more enjoyable than expected, especially given the initial signs of winter all around - snow, ice forming, and the general beauty of the scenery. The second pleasant surprise of the day came when I reached the crystal clear, greenish waters of the tarn.
From the tarn, the remainder of the ascent involved a 500 vertical metre slog up very tedious rubble and scree. One band a short distance up provided some entertainment, but it was over almost immediately and the foreshortened slog continued. Fortunately, at one point, while trying to catch my breath, I turned around to see the four peaks of Lougheed just rising above the unnamed peak to the west of the tarn. Fresh covered in a little snow, they were stunning. A few metres later, I again turned around to see another group of familiar peaks suddenly appear. This pattern continued all the way to the summit. By the time I finally reached the top, the panorama had opened up to what I would call one of the most breath-taking views Id ever seen. Perhaps my delight in the view was a combination of the recent snow, the enormous amount of recognizable and distinctive peaks in every direction, and the fact that I wasnt at all expecting a view of this magnitude.
After a significant bout of picture-snapping and a thoroughly enjoyable summit stay, I decided to attempt the traverse. Though the north side of the peak was still plastered in snow, the south side was clear and it appeared the route would take me onto that side if things got tricky. The ridge provide an enjoyable traverse until the mountain suddenly seemed to drop away on both sides. A few moves of cautious downclimbing and I was able to circumvent the first serious obstacle.
Unfortunately, the second obstacle was a far more serious undertaking, as a deep notch appeared along the ridge. Getting around this section required an elevation loss and a little bit of route-finding, but the vertical rock scenery, now above me, was splendid. Once around this rock, the lower east summit was only a few minutes away and again sported a terrific panorama.
There appeared to be a number of potential descent routes
from the east summit that would lead quickly down to Canyon Creek, but I chose
to take Kevins suggestion and follow the
The last and more than pleasant surprise of the day was a spectacular cliff band near the bottom of the slope. After that, a 2.5 km hike back along Canyon Creek completed an absolutely fantastic day on a wonderful mountain. Great route Kevin thanks!
Mount Bryant from Canyon Creek
The fading moon
More frozen water
Still more frozen water
Two of many unnamed peaks northwest of Bryant
The west side of Bryant
An air bubble under the ice
The only scrambling of the west slopes; steep, but big holds
Looking down at the tarn
The four peaks of Lougheed (Wind Mountain is the fourth peak at the far left)
Bogart, Sparrowhawk, and Lougheed are now all visible
More impressive views to the southwest; Fisher Peak just right of centre
Looking south again
The east ridge of Bryant
Same as above
Looking back at the downclimb
More of the east ridge, with the east summit in the centre
Looking back to the true summit (right)
The final section of the east ridge
Traversing scree slopes below the ridge
The impressive block before the east summit
Descending the east ridge
More good rock scenery on the ridge
The southeast ridge, with Compression Ridge at the right
Looking back along the ridge; true summit in the centre
The impressive cliff band, low on the descent route