Much of the Lineham Creek trail was washed away by the biblical floods of 2013, and on this day, we spent a great deal of effort picking our way through the creek bed or thrashing through the vegetation along the banks. At the confluence with the drainage emanating from the gully between Peaks 1 and 2, we followed a steep trail climbing up the left bank but soon abandoned it to bushwhack (light) up the ridge. We took a short break at tree line before resuming our climb up the open ridge leading to Peak 1. Other than a few easy down-climbs along the ridge, the ascent of Peak 1 was straightforward.
Because of an exposed down-climb near the
beginning of the traverse, only Ali, Marta and I bothered to continue to
Peak 2 to the south. I found the moderate scrambling along the
traverse to be highly enjoyable, and it is a shame that we had no time to
go on and tag Peaks 3 and 4. After stopping at the top of Peak 2,
Ali, Marta and I returned the same way to rejoin Asieh, Dorota and Zosia
on Peak 1. Together, we descended our ridge of ascent but took a
slightly different line lower down to avoid most of the trees and
bushwhacking. Once we got to the valley bottom, we endured another
long but uneventful trudge out the creek bed. Since we took our
time and had lots of breaks throughout, this turned out to be a much
longer day than I had anticipated, but it is hard to complain about
spending so much time in the mountains on a beautiful day with such
excellent company. The group assembles above tree line for the big push to
the top of Peak 1. At left is Lineham Ridge. Visible at far
left is Mist Mountain. Gathered on the summit of Peak 1 are (L to R) Sonny,
Marta, Dorota, Zosia, Asieh and Ali. Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
Dorota teaches Zosia and Marta how to
Dorota stretches out to ford the
The group continues up the creek bed.
Peak 1 is visible in the distance.
Zosia and Marta leave the creek bed to
scramble up the ridge. A good trail can be found just around
the corner to the left.
Peak 2 is visible just beyond the
trees at left. Peak 3 is just left of centre, and at far right
is Peak 4.
The rubble on the ridge leading to
Peak 1 is easy but tedious to climb.
Peak 4 looks daunting to the south.
The group ascends the broad ridge
leading to Peak 1. The peaks of the Continental Divide can be
seen on the horizon.
Peaks 1 and 2 are visible above.
Asieh follows Ali and Dorota up the
Dorota waits for Ali and Asieh to
descend one of the many bumps along the ridge.
Zosia and Marta are the first to
arrive at the summit of Peak 1 (2693 metres).
Zosia starts to follow Marta down the
connecting ridge to Peak 2, but she would soon turn around.
Ali drops down a bit from the ridge
crest during his traverse.
Marta and Ali work their way up to the
top of Peak 2.
Marta and Ali wait at the top of Peak
2 for Sonny to join them.
Ali, Marta and Sonny raise their arms
on the summit of Peak 2 (2718 metres).
A small green tarn sits below the
northwest slopes of Patterson's Peak.
To the southeast, Peaks 3 and 4 invite
further ridge walking and scrambling. Also visible in the
distance is Mount
Marta and Ali are barely visible at
the low point of the connecting ridge to Peak 1.
To the northeast are Pyriform Mountain
(left) and Junction Mountain (distant far left).
Zosia descends the slope below Peak 1.
Zosia and Marta climb back over a bump
along the ridge while Asieh and Ali look for a way around.
Dorota descends some karst-like rocks
Here is a last look at Peaks 1 and 2.
Distance: 13.2 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 9 hours 16 minutes
Total Elevation Gain: 1229 metres
The group assembles above tree line for the big push to the top of Peak 1. At left is Lineham Ridge. Visible at far left is Mist Mountain.
Gathered on the summit of Peak 1 are (L to R) Sonny, Marta, Dorota, Zosia, Asieh and Ali.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak