Mount McDougall

September 8, 2012

2726m

Kananaskis – Highway 40, AB

Mt. McDougall is the only officially named peak among the 6 in “The Big Traverse”. It’s a well documented trip covered in Andrew Nugara’s More Scrambles book. Though not as impressive nor high as the nearby Old Baldy Mountain, its summit offers equal quality views. There’re numerous routes up this mountain. The traverse from Old Baldy is a moderate scramble while the traverse from “Volcano Peak” is a difficult scramble. The traverse from “Volcano Peak” looks easy but involves a couple tricky downclimbs. Folks have attempted that route in winter but most of them had to turn around.

The Big Traverse scramble route link-up

The Big Traverse scramble route link-up

After taking a lengthy break at the summit of Old Baldy Mountain, Neil, Tyler and I decided to continue the traverse to complete the mission. Getting to Mt. McDougall was not easy scrambling neither. We tried to follow the ridge down, but immediately we were blocked by a nasty and exposed down-climb. I tried to give it a go but the holds were very loose. We backtracked for 20 m and traversed to the scree/rubble on skier’s right, and slogged down to the col. Then we had to regain all of the elevation loss because Mt. McDougall is only marginally lower than Old Baldy.

P9089515

Ridge-walk. Summit is actually the left bump

P9089516

Looking back at Old Baldy Mountain

P9089519

Mount McDougall

P9089520-29

Partial Summit Panorama

P9089520-29-2

Partial Summit Panorama

P9089531-34

Looking N. over Old Baldy. Nakiska Resort on left.

P9089535-40

Mount Baldy and Midnight Peak on left. Tiara Peak on right.

P9089535-40-1

Moose Mountain in the far distance at center. Mount Bryant just to the right.

P9089543

Fisher Peak. I didn’t get any view from its top…

P9089544

The register

P9089547

Tyler and Neil on the 5th summit of our day!

P9089549

Volcano Peak, our last objective.

We took another lengthy break on the 5th summit of this day and discussed a lot about our summer adventures. Eventually we decided to descend. Don’t forget to grab Volcano Peak at the end of the day.

Advertisements
Comments
  1. Alex says:

    Hi,
    How long did it take to do all of them?
    Thanks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s