American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Rocky Mountains of Canada, Mt. Olympus

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1941

Mt. Olympus. From Camp Parker crossed Nigel Pass with packtrain and on second day passed warden’s cabin on Brazeau outlet stream, following Brazeau River to second creek coming in from N. Old trail on E. side of stream leads to high-level campground near lake at S. base of Mt. Olympus. Party consisting of W. R. Hainsworth, A. E. Post, J. M. Thorington, R. Wells, Jr., ascended to col (9500 ft.) immediately E. of Mt. Olympus at head of valley overlooking Isaac Creek. Post remained at this point while Hainsworth circled Mt. Olympus over steep scree and up difficult ledges on N. N. W. to summit, finding a survey cairn, probably erected during the work for the Jasper Park S. sheet. Unable to descend by same route, Hainsworth went down long easy N. W. scree slopes to Isaac Creek (the probable survey route), rounding the base of Mt. Olympus and recrossing the col to camp. Thorington and Wells made first ascent of slightly lower unnamed point (ca. 10,000 ft.) immediately E. Ascent from camp to col 5 h. Isaac Creek is the key to many of the peaks of this area, which are of writing-desk formation with long easy scree slopes descending into this valley. Poor visibility marred the view of the higher Brazeau summits, but the Brazeau tongues have receded considerably since Coleman’s visit. The party then visited Brazeau Lake and regained the motor road by crossing Poboktan Pass. A new bridge spans the Brazeau stream a short distance below the lake’s outlet, eliminating the ford.

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