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North America, Canada, British Columbia, Downie Peak, Selkirks

Downie Peak, Selkirks. Having tramped around it for a great number of years, unclimbed Downie Peak (9500 feet) had become more and more attractive to W. V. Graham Matthews, David (Georgia) Michael and myself. From Downie Creek Auto Court on the Big Bend Highway on July 13 we followed an old mining trail to a point near 6500 feet on the south side of the peak. The following day we ascended straight up to the prominent southwest ridge, which we followed, with minor variations, all the way to the summit. Rope was only necessary for the final few hundred feet where the exposure was notable and the rock unreliable. It was rather disappointing to find that this peak, which is so prominently visible from almost every point in the Northern Selkirks and has been such a point of discussion for many years, should be so near collapse.

William L. Putnam