American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Interior Ranges, Westfall Group, Southern Battle Range

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  • Publication Year: 1973

Westfall Group, Southern Battle Range. On August 19 eight members of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, six of them undergraduates, hoisted enormous packs and staggered out of the old mining ghost town of Cambourne, seven miles north of Upper Arrow Lake, heading for the Battle Range. The “trail” up Pool Creek proving elusive, we swung south and around the Mount Pool massif of the Badshots. We enjoyed a second ascent of Mount Pool by two routes: one party up the complete east ridge and the other up a prominent north ridge and over the ice dome at the top. Several more arduous days brought us to the head of Pool Creek. Eventually we camped northeast of the head of Boyd Creek in a lovely, grassy saddle. From there we made the first ascents of Peak 6 (9000 feet) and Charybdis Mountain (9350 feet). One party climbed northward over Peak 6 and down to the high col between that summit and Charybdis (mostly class 4), while the other traversed snow and glacier east of Peak 6 and climbed several fifth-class pitches up the east side of the col. Randy Cerf, Doug Dolginow, Elliott Fisher, John Jameson, Paul Fletcher, Dave Hoffman and I joined up near the summit and we all went to the top together.

David Coombs, Harvard Mountaineering Club

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