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Ascent of Dam Mountain on 2016-09-16

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dam Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:4426 ft / 1349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dam Mountain via Ridge Trail:

Finding the backcountry kiosk, I signed in. I looked into the box and I was the only hiker that had passed through the backcountry so far. I see now, all those people that passed me on the grind where just there for timing their ascent and done for the day and for me, I was just getting started. There are essentially two trails that run along the backcountry ridge line on the way to the largest prize – Crown Mountain at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and around 1,700 feet of prominence. That was my goal but I wanted to bag every peak in and around the route along the way. To do this you have to use the Ridge Trail options (stay left). The Alpine Trail (stay right) contours the subpeaks and is faster to the back country and returning back to the Gondola.

The first peak option is called Dam Mountain. Finally, a nice little sub-peak with a rocky top and nice views of the harbor, the wind turbine back at Grouse Mountain and a hint of peaks to come. Still no people in the back country but my hats off to the Canadian park service as the trails were in excellent shape and well-marked at each junction. Enough bear warning signs to make any solo hiker a bit wary as well. I confess, that I barked like a pack of dogs when I was heading around blind corners. I am not one for bear spray. I believe in giving warning sounds long in advance of trouble. I was still making good time and on the way to see Little Goat Mountain – another subpeak when I started to notice that the “Grouse Grind” had done some damage after all…my legs were starting to shake. I slammed some Gatorade and a cookie and kept going towards the Goat Peaks and Crown.

Dee TR for Grouse Mountain to get to the wilderness area and Goat and Crown for rest of day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:626 ft / 190 m
    Total Elevation Loss:243 ft / 74 m
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
55-60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:626 ft / 190 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Alpine to Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  3800 ft / 1158 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:243 ft / 74 m
    Route:Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  4183 ft / 1274 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Grouse-Crown-BC

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Grouse Mountain2016-09-16 a3252 ft / 991 m
2Dam Mountain2016-09-16 b626 ft / 191 m
3Little Goat Mountain2016-09-16 c198 ft / 60 m
4Goat Mountain2016-09-16 d976 ft / 297 m
5Crown Mountain2016-09-16 e1589 ft / 484 m
Total Trip Gain: 6641 ft / 2023 m    Total Trip Loss: 6644 ft / 2025 m



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