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Morrowmount

Morrowmount is a nickname of an obscured peak at the head of Jura Creek. Although it's not the highest point in that area, it does tower above the adjacent classics like Yamuska, Wendell, and Goat Mountain. Its location and height guarantee a find view from the summit. Because it's not described in any guide book, I have to thank Marko, Vern, and Bob for their detailed route descriptions, or I wouldn't even have a chance to know this peak.

To describe the approach is very simple: follow Jura Creek to the base of a huge orange shale slope, for about 9km one way. Oh well, anyone who has done creek bed walking knows how tedious it can get. Park at the same spot for Door Jamb and Loder Peak, about 2km east of Exshaw. Follow a trail to Jura Creek, then follow the Jura Creek Trail up the valley. The trail crosses the creek bed back and forth for numerous times. Not far up, you will see a narrow canyon (1st canyon) appears in front of you. I chose to head straight through the canyon, which turned out to be the crux of the day. The water was pretty high due to snow melt, and there were a couple of spots that has only a log to cross. A slip or roll on the log will turn me back to my car to change boots, socks, and pants. Last weekend, mom slipped into a stream near the toe of Saskatchewan Glacier, which directly ruined her day on the Columbia Icefield. With that experience, I know I have to treat streams as cliff bands. No error allows.

About 2km further up from the 1st canyon, you will arrive at the 2nd canyon. At this point, you should have passed Exshaw Mountain to your left, and Loder Peak to your right. Based on Marko's trip report, the 2nd canyon is impassible and I have to skirt around it on the left side. Although negotiating these canyons is definitely slower than walking, it does add variety to the 9km approach. After the 2nd canyon, the orange shale slope soon appears directly ahead of you, but very very far away. From here on, the trail disappears and you have to either walk on creek bed or bushwhacking on the sides. A positive attitude is required. I would like to compare this approach to the Saskatchewan Glacier approach on Castleguard Mountain, while your objective just won't get closer and the views are pretty much the same throughout the entire length... Apart from that, you have to be careful about not twisting your ankle because it's all about boulders on the creek bed. On your left, you're paralleling Exshaw Ridge; on your right, you have to pass Goat Mountain followed by Hassel Castle before the creek turns slight left, then sharply right. The valley floor also narrows considerably after the slight turn towards left, and more bigger boulders come. At a major intersection of two water courses not far up after the creek bed turns sharply right, the ascending slope directly meets valley floor so no bushwhacking involves.

Now it's a perfect place to have a rest to prepare for the length scree slope. The correct route is to follow the slope diagonally up, staying on orange shale and try to gain the ridge crest as soon as possible. I didn't bring a route photo and I have to guess the route. From below, it appears that there're several notches on the ridge crest so I chose to cross several ribs to the gray rock slope and ascent that talus slope directly towards the south summit. The gray rock is much less pleasant than the orange shale. Both the two routes work but the ridge crest route is more scenic and less tedious. At about 30m below the south summit, the terrain gets slabby, and you have to cross a 2-3m slab section. If wet, this can be tricky. From the south summit, it's a hike to the north summit, with slight exposure on your right, but avoidable if you want to side-slope. The best view would be down towards Wendell Mountain and Mount Yamuska. With a pair of binoculars, you should be able to spot scramblers on those two mountains.

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My backpack on the summit
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My backpack on the summit
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Door Jamb Mountain
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Door Jamb Mountain
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Jura Creek
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Jura Creek
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Near the 1st canyon
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Near the 1st canyon
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Looking back at Exshaw Mountain
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Looking back at Exshaw Mountain
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Looking up Jura Creek
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Looking up Jura Creek
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Interesting fault line
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Interesting fault line
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2nd Canyon
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2nd Canyon
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Orange shale slope, way far back
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Orange shale slope, way far back
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Orange shale slope
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Orange shale slope
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Peaks north of Exshaw Ridge
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Peaks north of Exshaw Ridge
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Looking up orange shale slope
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Looking up orange shale slope
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Gray slabs
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Gray slabs
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Mount Fable
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Mount Fable
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Summit at center
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Summit at center
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Looking south from the south summit
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Looking south from the south summit
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Looking west from the south summit
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Looking west from the south summit
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Mt Yamuska
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Mt Yamuska
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Wendell Mountain
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Wendell Mountain
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CMC Valley
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CMC Valley
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Wind Mountain & Lougheed
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Wind Mountain & Lougheed
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Windtower, Nestor, Old Goat Mountain
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Windtower, Nestor, Old Goat Mountain
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Mt Fable
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Mt Fable
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Black Rock Mountain
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Black Rock Mountain
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Unnamed peaks towards north
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Unnamed peaks towards north
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End & Association
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End & Association
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Wendell & Yamuska
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Wendell & Yamuska
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End & Association
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End & Association
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The prairie
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The prairie
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Moose Mountain and the foothills
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Moose Mountain and the foothills
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Looking back at south summit
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Looking back at south summit
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The shear east face
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The shear east face
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Color bands
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Color bands
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Hassel Castle
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Hassel Castle
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Looking back the gray slabs
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Looking back the gray slabs
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Looking back the upper slope
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Looking back the upper slope
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Hassel Castle
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Hassel Castle
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Down to Jura Creek
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Down to Jura Creek
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Jura Creek
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Jura Creek
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Jura Creek
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Jura Creek
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2nd Canyon
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2nd Canyon
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