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Ascent of Kootenay Mountain on 2013-07-08

Climber: Shannon Dillmore

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Monday, July 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kootenay Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:8058 ft / 2456 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Kootenay trailhead. Road that Edward Earl took (and later Bob P/Ken J with Kootenay Mountaineering Club) is still gated and locked, so we followed Petter Bjorstad's excellent report:

http://www.ii.uib.no/~petter/mountains/2000mtn/kootenay.html

We found a nasty surprise - the road is now gated at Toby Road, 3.5 miles before where Petter started his ascent. The road is also no longer passable by passenger vehicles unless you have a lot of nerve.

Alan and I climbed Kootenay (ultra-prom peak just over the US border in Canada) with Darkwoods permit (which nobody checked). Lots of road walking, a steep bushwhack up and over a ridge and a nice easy scramble. Weather was bad - thunderstorms around but not above us at summit. 23.5 miles, 6000' gain, 11h45m. I would strongly recommend trying to coordinate a visit with the Kootenay Mountaineering Club to make this trip much easier.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6099 ft / 1858 m
    Extra Gain:1628 ft / 496 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23.4 mi / 37.7 km
    Trailhead:5215 ft / 1589 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble



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