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Cheviot Mountain

After the scenic ascent of Tripoli Mountain, it was time to think about our second objective, Cheviot Mountain. Because the ridge isn't connecting between Tripoli and Cheviot, we had to drop down to the valley floor. From there, the route to Cheviot is straightforward (only an easy scramble), but very tedious due to scree.

The summit of Cheviot is higher than Tripoli so offers better views. Towards east is the big mine site... I think they gonna expand to the whole area, and then these mountains will become inaccessible... Several 11,000ers are clearly visible, including Mount Robson, Edith Cavell, Fryatt, Warren and Brazeau. There's another high glaciated peak between Fryatt and Brazeau in the far distance. We though it would be North Twin, but according to the map, North Twin should be at further south. So the only possibility is Catacombs Mountain, a near 11,000er. Or probably a peak in Hooker Icefield area?

We nicknamed the unnamed peak immediately west of Cheviot Mountain as Little Cheviot. Due to its location, it worth a visit. From the col, ascent about 200m on steep snow of scree to the summit. You can get a better perspective of Blackface Mountain and Climax Mountain, as well as the approach to Prospect. Clearly, Prospect is better be climbed from the other side.

We chose the snow route to descent form the Cheviot / Little Cheviot col. It's quite steep, but again, the snow is too shallow to slide. We glissade the last part of the slope and soon re-joined Jim at the base of Tripoli. From there, actually, the fastest way back to car is to re-ascend Tripoli and glide down its east slope. However, we decided to traverse around the SW side of the mountain. Well, we didn't know, by this way, we had actually about 17km to go, mostly side-hilling, boulder-hoping, post-holing, and bushwhacking, plus several stream crossing. However, the scenery in this alpine environment reduced the pain. We chose to stay high above the treeline, which means, less post-holing and bushwhacking but more side-hilling and boulder-hoping. At the south corner of the mountain we were forced to drop down to the bottom of Cardinal River valley due to several cliff bands. After half an hour's miserable post-holing on isothermal snow covered forest while bushwhacking, we found the ATV trail (the trail to Rocky Pass), which was a relief. This trail is partially covered with isothermal snow as well. The part with no snow was muddy unsupportive. This situation is quite common in spring time if you come back late. We also saw tracks of big grizzly, good thing we brought our bear sprays. The quad trail went on forever to join the road. From the road, we had to re-ascend the hill of Cardinal Divide Pass which is certainly more than 100m vertically.

I don't know how long it took us to get through this part, but overall, it's my longest trip so far, 16 hours round trip time is even longer than the one day ascent of Castleguard. I have to thank Eric for bringing me to this obscured place to do peak begging, as well as Jim, who accompanying us for this trip. Eric has good navigation skill. If it was me leading, I would take much longer time to get through the forest to find the quad track. I still remember on Midnight Peak in January, where my poor forest navigation skill led to a wrong ridge, as well as on Morro Peak in February, where I ran into miserable bushwhacking which was not necessary. I'm looking forward to the next trip with him.

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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Blackface Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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An outlier of Little Cheviot
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An outlier of Little Cheviot
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At the shoulder of Cheviot
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At the shoulder of Cheviot
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Pushing towards the summit
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Pushing towards the summit
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Blackface Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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Little Cheviot, Climax, Prospect
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Little Cheviot, Climax, Prospect
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Mountains towards north
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Mountains towards north
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Prospect Mountain
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Prospect Mountain
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Blackface & Climax Mountain
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Blackface & Climax Mountain
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A big mine site
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A big mine site
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Cadomin Mountain
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Cadomin Mountain
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Mount Balinhard
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Mount Balinhard
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Panorama looking south
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Panorama looking south
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Tripoli Mountain
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Tripoli Mountain
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Mountains towards further SE
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Mountains towards further SE
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Interesting rock formation
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Interesting rock formation
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Eric climbing up Little Cheviot, with Cheviot Mountain in the background
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Eric climbing up Little Cheviot, wit…
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Summit of Little Cheviot
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Summit of Little Cheviot
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Looking SE down Cardinal River
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Looking SE down Cardinal River
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Prospect Mountain
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Prospect Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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Eric of the summit
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Eric of the summit
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Cheviot Mountain
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Cheviot Mountain
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Tripoli Mountain
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Tripoli Mountain
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Luscar & Leyland Mountain
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Luscar & Leyland Mountain
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Little Climax
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Little Climax
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Tripoli Mountain
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Tripoli Mountain
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Descending snow slope
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Descending snow slope
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Our glissading track
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Our glissading track
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Looking back at Cheviot Mountain
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Looking back at Cheviot Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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Blackface Mountain
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Jim, crossing a creek
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Jim, crossing a creek
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Large boulders
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Large boulders
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Jim and the boulders
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Jim and the boulders
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Eric negotiating the boulders
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Eric negotiating the boulders
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A typical view of our returning route
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A typical view of our returning rout…
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Jim coming down steep snow
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Jim coming down steep snow
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Eric re-filling his water bag
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Eric re-filling his water bag
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Rocky Pass
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Rocky Pass
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Dusk light over Cheviot
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Dusk light over Cheviot
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Photos taken by Steven