Mount Kerr, Kiwetinok Peak, Mount Pollinger And Mount McArthur
In July of 2005, a group of us from the Rocky Mountain Books WebForum visited Little Yoho Valley in Yoho National Park with high hopes of scrambling up numerous peaks in this area.  Bad weather and an abundance of snow severely limited the number of peaks we were able to actually climb.  Another trip was planned in August of 2006, and although this trip was a success for those involved, I backed out at the last minute due in part to bad weather and also bad timing.  On 8 September 2006, I finally returned with Kelly Wood to Little Yoho Campground and resolved to climb Mount Kerr, Kiwetinok Peak, Mount Pollinger and Mount McArthur.

The next day, 9 September 2006, Kelly and I left camp at 9:00 AM and hiked up toward Kiwetinok Pass.  Following our group's 2005 ascent of Mount Kerr, there was some debate about whether or not we had actually reached the true summit (see footnote here).  As a result, I was determined to re-ascend Mount Kerr and leave no doubts this time.  While Kelly continued hiking to the pass, I veered off the trail above tree line and headed directly for the pointy peak which I had passed up in 2005 and which is now generally regarded as the true summit of Mount Kerr.  Although this route is essentially an easy slog, I strayed a couple of times to scramble up steeper and more exposed terrain--a good warm-up for some tougher scrambling later in the day.  As I reached the top of the pointy peak at 11:46 AM, a light drizzle began to fall, and this precipitation would come and go over the next couple of hours.  I was on the move again by 12:03 PM, and because I was too lazy to re-ascend the lower summit of Mount Kerr, I traversed the west-facing slopes.  Initially, this was quite easy, but as I came within sight of Kiwetinok Pass, the terrain steepened considerably.  I ended up down-climbing some pretty difficult cliff bands which were quite exposed and very loose.  I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I cleared this section and reached easier terrain.  Kelly was still waiting for me when I arrived at the pass at 1:04 PM.
That summit cairn is visible from quite a distance.  This is generally regarded as the true summit of Mount Kerr.
I traversed a little further to the left before scrambling up this difficult rock band. Sonny approaches some big cliffs on his way up Mount Kerr.
It still took me another 35 minutes to get to the summit from here. A traverse to the right is necessary to access the final summit block.
That was a lot of effort for this troublesome little peak! Sonny stands beside the gargantuan cairn on the real 2863-metre summit of Mount Kerr.
From this angle, the summit looks about as sharp as George "Dubya"! The President dominates the view to the east.
Hmmm...I still have a long day ahead of me... To the north are Kiwetinok Peak, Mount Pollinger (indistinct) and Mount McArthur.  The lower summit of Mount Kerr is also visible in front of Kiwetinok Peak.
At least I didn't have to make a third ascent to claim this summit! :-) Sonny's register entry somewhat reflects his feelings about the whole Mount Kerr summit controversy.
Fortunately, this one is definitely lower! This is possibly another summit of Mount Kerr!
After a very short break, Kelly accompanied me briefly to the base of Kiwetinok Peak before turning to head back to camp.  I continued up rubble toward the ice patch on the east face.  Just before the ice patch, I took a short cut up a steep crack that actually had water flowing down the middle.  I managed to stay dry by ascending a narrow slab staircase on the left side of this crack.  A couple spots were very exposed, but the rock was solid on the staircase.  At the top of this crack, I regained the normal ascent route and simply followed numerous cairns marking breaches in successive cliff bands.  Just when I thought that this ascent was taking far too long, I popped out onto the summit ridge at 2:58 PM.  The summit cairn was only a few metres away.  After signing the register, I made a point of walking along the entire length of the summit ridge both north and south of the cairn.  After the Mount Kerr fiasco, I was not taking any chances!  I finally left the summit at 3:27 PM, and except for a short stretch of ice near the bottom (I was too lazy to pull out my crampons), I had a trouble-free descent and was off the east face by 3:56 PM.  As I trudged along the connecting ridge to Mount Pollinger, a steady rain began to fall.
Not to worry.  She had a good book with her! :-) Kelly waits patiently for Sonny at Kiwetinok Pass.  Kiwetinok Peak is behind her.
Pretty decent scrambling, but there are some loose rocks here. Sonny scrambles up typical terrain on the east face of Kiwetinok Peak.
I can't believe someone hauled a glass Coffee-mate jar all the way up here! Sonny stands on the real 2902-metre summit of Kiwetinok Peak.
Still looks pretty good despite the overcast day. The Vice President and The President form a magnificent backdrop to Kiwetinok Lake.
Looks like an easy hike most of the way... This is looking northeast toward Mount Pollinger (right and indistinct, again) and Mount McArthur.
Not a great photo, but Mount Carnarvon's near-perfect symmetry from this angle is still evident. Here is a zoomed-in shot of Mount Carnarvon to the south.
I would avoid walking under that thing! This slab of rock overhangs one of the cliff bands on the east face of Kiwetinok Peak.
The "permanent ice patch" doesn't look so permanent anymore. This is looking back up the east face of Kiwetinok Peak from the connecting ridge to Mount Pollinger.
As I approached the summit of Mount Pollinger, the weather got steadily worse.  A dark cloud enveloped The Vice President and The President, and I could hear some thunder in the distance (Kelly told me later that the campground really got hammered by the storm).  Although I was slowly getting wet from the rain, my fleece sweater kept me warm, and I actually felt more refreshed than earlier in the day.  Clearing skies to the west meant that this storm would be short-lived, and by the time I stepped on the summit of Mount Pollinger at 4:21 PM, most of the rain had tapered off.  While I was setting up my camera for a summit photograph, a white mist blew in quite suddenly and completely obscured all surrounding views.  What lousy timing!  Strangely, as if on cue, the mist cleared as I was about to down-climb the cliff beyond the summit.  I paused to take some extra photographs before resuming the short but entertaining down-climb.  By 4:46 PM, I had descended the crux and was on my way to Mount McArthur.
Kerr, Kiwetinok, Pollinger and McArthur all escaped the brunt of the storm. Even Mount Kerr looks ominous under a dark cloud.
Isn't this kinda like that movie, "The Fog"?? The white mist rapidly blows in.
Yes, I'm on the summit...believe it or not! Sonny is surrounded by mist on the 2816-metre summit of Mount Pollinger.
Hope it's a bit clearer by the time I get up there. The mist finally clears to reveal Mount McArthur.
Now I've got the song, "Misty", running through my head! Some lingering mist partially obscures Kiwetinok Peak.
The trickiest spot is actually near the bottom. Here is a look back at the crux below Mount Pollinger's summit.
The remaining plod up Mount McArthur was easy, and I bagged my fourth and final peak of the day at 5:50 PM.  Although the skies were relatively clear at the summit, I felt a slight spark when I handled my small camera tripod, and at the same time, I could hear the metal button on my wind jacket buzzing!  Because the earlier thunderstorm had moved off well to the northeast, I did not think that a lightning strike was likely.  In any event, the buzzing soon stopped, and I completed my usual chores before wandering a bit further north along the summit ridge to assure myself that I had indeed bagged Mount McArthur!  Leaving the top at 6:20 PM, I took Alan Kane's alternate descent route and made it back to Little Yoho Campground by 8:00 PM without too much fuss.  Kelly and I celebrated my success by having teriyaki noodles and blueberry cheesecake for dinner.  The following day, 10 September 2006, we simply packed up and headed home.
Look at me, I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree; And I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud; I can't understand, I get misty, holding your hand. The Vice President and The President reappear as the mist dissipates.
Looks like gold! There are some interesting cliff bands on the south side of Mount McArthur.  Mount Daly and Mount Niles are visible at upper right.
I can't believe this is rated a "difficult" scramble. Sonny hikes up the easy south slopes of Mount McArthur.
My last "difficult" Kane peak. Sonny dares to be struck by lightning on the 3015-metre summit of Mount McArthur.
I definitely haven't had much luck with the weather on all these Little Yoho Kane peaks. Across Glacier des Poilus is Isolated Peak.
Glacier des Poilus appears to have receded considerably. Many of the peaks on the Wapta Icefield can be seen to the northeast.  Mount des Poilus (left) and Mount Collie (centre) are the two most easily identified.
The Mummery Group is probably somewhere in the hazy distance. A host of peaks stretch into the distant northwest.
I wonder if Marpole is a feasible scramble... This view to the south includes Mount Marpole, Mount Carnarvon, Mount Kerr, Mount Pollinger and Kiwetinok Peak.
Yep, "knee-jarring" aptly describes the descent from the ridge to the hanging valley. This is looking back at the connecting ridge between Mount Pollinger and Mount McArthur from the hanging valley to the southeast.
Just can't get enough of The Vice President and The President! Sonny hikes down the scenic hanging valley.
And some nub called "Barometer Peak"! The late day sun illuminates The Vice President.