Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Mount McDougall

From Old Baldy - McDougall col, we had to regain all of the elevation loss because McDougall is only marginally lower than Old Baldy. We took another lengthy break here and discussed a lot about our summer adventures. Eventually we decided to descend. Don't forget to grab Volcano Peak (aka. Little McDougall) at the end of the day. It's not really a mountain, but judging by its popularity, you shouldn't give it a miss. To me, any mountain that has a name is a mountain, doesn't matter if the name is official or not. Getting there involves some difficult rock bands. No wonder why Nugara failed McDougall twice in winter. If snowy, these rock bands can be tricky to down-climb. With the afternoon sun, the rock formation in Fisher Range looks impressive.

Town of Canmore was already soaked in, not by rain though, but by smoke... I guess there was a forest fire somewhere in Assiniboine - Sunshine area. There's even a register on this peak, which surprised us a bit. We decided to take the gully immediately towards skier's right. Poor decision, this gully turned out to be very miserable. It reminds me about Storm Mountain, the worst scramble ever... There's even a big cliff near the end and forced us to do some bushwhacking to get around. Once down to the main drainage, more bushwhacking was waiting for us... After what seems like eternity of nasty stuffs, we finally managed to find the trail on the right side of the stream. We followed the trail eventually back to Evan Thomas Trail and another 20min brought us back to car. Round Trip Time: 12.5 hours including all of the stops.

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