When we reached Racehorse Pass, the weather did not look promising. The top of Racehorse Peak was shrouded in clouds, and I was not in the mood for expending a lot of energy climbing to a viewless summit. Furthermore, the prospect of route-finding in limited visibility was also unappealing. After some discussion, we opted to try ascending another unnamed peak to the south of the pass. This unnamed peak is actually mentioned briefly in Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, and from our perspective, it looked like a relatively straightforward climb without route-finding worries.
After a short bushwhack through trees, we emerged onto the open slopes of the unnamed peak. The ascent was relatively easy and trouble-free, and the few rock bands that we encountered were easily surmounted or circumvented. The only negative aspect was arriving at the summit and finding it shrouded in clouds just like the top of Racehorse Peak. With little to see, we simply snapped some photographs of ourselves beside the summit cairn before descending back to the pass. We stopped briefly for a quick lunch before continuing the lengthy but uneventful hike back to my car.
Despite the lack of summit views and getting rained on several times, I still enjoyed the good exercise and the pleasant company. It is likely that we will return in the future to ascend Racehorse Peak, but the unnamed peak that we climbed has much to recommend it. As such, Bob and I agreed to give it an unofficial name of its own--Mount Racehorse. Get it?
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Bob and Dinah walk along the road that leads to Racehorse Pass.
Mount Racehorse is partially shrouded in clouds at centre.
Silky scorpionweed is abundant alongside the road.
The clouds lift somewhat to reveal
more of Mount Racehorse.
As Bob looks into British Columbia at
Racehorse Pass, Dinah looks discouraged by the prospect of climbing
into clouds on Racehorse Peak.
Bob and Dinah emerge from the trees
onto the lower slopes of Mount Racehorse. Across Racehorse Pass
(centre), the top of Racehorse Peak is still shrouded in clouds.
Dinah makes her way up some rubble.
Bob and Dinah climb higher up the
There is a little bit of hands-on
scrambling on this slope.
There are a few false summits along the way.
Bob, Dinah and Sonny stand beside a small cairn on the
2530-metre summit of Mount Racehorse.
The best views from the summit on this
day are of Bob's and Dinah's new packs.
Dinah and Bob regain the road near
Dinah and Bob stop to have a bite.
Mount Racehorse is still visible in the distance.
Dinah and Bob hike out below some of the spectacular cliffs of Racehorse
Here is one last look at Mount
Racehorse (right). Note the waterfall at left.
A couple of ATVs pass by along the
Distance: ~11.5 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 5 hours 7 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: ~820 metres