[Note: This trip report is part of a loop traverse that started with Mount Ernest Ross and continued from there over four more unofficial summits including Bridge Peak, Landslide Peak, Two O'Clock Peak and Two O'Clock Ridge. Total distance for the day was around 25km and total height gain around 2600 meters. It took us a total of 15 hours to complete the traverse with some snow on route.]
After leaving the summit of Ernest Ross it was time to traverse to the higher, and unofficially named, "Bridge Peak". The sun was out and our views were fantastic as we worked our way down the west ridge of Ernest Ross towards a very distinctive colored band of rock and the much higher summit of Bridge Peak above us. The wind was cool, necessitating gloves and even a fleece jacket for me. Not quite the 24 degree weather we were expecting but the cool wind helped our energy levels throughout the day. As usual in the mountains, Bridge was further than it looked. We crossed some interesting rock on the ridge and grunted our way up the east ridge / face of Bridge with no technical issues. Lingering snow made me question our decision to wear very light scrambling approach shoes rather than boots, but the snow on the east face was soft enough to kick steps in easily.
[Panorama of the rest of our day, seen from the west descent ridge of Ernest Ross. Bridge is directly ahead with Elliot Peak at right. Landslide, Two O'Clock and Whirlpool Ridge at left. ++]
[I love this shot of Ernest Ross, looking back up from the west descent ridge.]
[In what would become a tiresome theme for another 12 hours or so, Mike grinds his way up an intervening bump between Ernest Ross and Bridge Peak.]
[Every once in a while we could lob off a few extra meters by side-hilling, but this was the exception rather than the norm thanks to the terrain which made side-hilling slower and more painful than the elevation we were trying to avoid.]
[Nice colors and form of Elliot Peak lying to the north of the ridge.]
[Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.]
[Looking back along the ridge to Ernest Ross.]
[A red-streaked canyon plunges down towards Bridge Creek far below.]
[Mike takes in the east face of Bridge Peak.]
[Grinding up our second mountain of the day.]
[Two O'Clock Ridge and Whirlpool Ridge at distant center and right.]
[Steep and loose - another theme for the day.]
[The massive summit cornice wasn't an issue for mighty Mike. :)]
Once we topped out on the summit ridge we were treated to an obvious cairn at the far north peak and a south peak to our left that looked at least as high as the north one. There was nothing to do but do both of them. We first checked out the south peak. We noted that there was no obvious break through the cliffs on the west aspect and started a traverse to the cairned north summit.
[Checking out the south summit first (we dropped our packs beforehand) involved losing a bit of height along the ridge.]
[Mike checks out the views from the south summit of Bridge Peak looking towards Landslide Peak, Mount Cline and the White Goat Peaks. ++]
[Looking west (L), north from the south summit of Bridge Peak. The Cline River Valley at center distance. ++]
[Looking south from near the north summit as Mike traverses towards me.]
The winds were picking up as we took photos from the north summit, including some great views of the White Goat peaks (Troll, Desent, Gruff) and Mounts Cline and Resolute to the west. Looking directly north we had great views of Elliot and Sentinel. Obviously Landslide Peak (our next destination) was also clearly visible to the southwest, along with what appeared to be many intervening bumps along the connecting ridge.
[Looking north towards Elliot Peak and up the Coral Creek Valley towards Mount Stelfox to the left of Elliot and Sentinel Peaks. ++]
[Looking west across the Entry and Shoe Leather Creek Valleys towards Landslide, Purple, Cline and the White Goat Peaks. ++]
[Mount Cline towers over Resolute Peak to the west.]
[The three White Goat Peaks (Troll, Dasent and Gruff) tower over Purple Mountain (L) to the west.]
[Mount Murchison in the distance with Two O'Clock Peak at left and part of Landslide at right.]
[Allstones and Abraham to the east.]
[Bertram (C) and Afternoon Peak (R).]
[This could be Seven Seas Peak - located across the Cline River Valley to the north from Bridge Peak and east of the White Goat Wilderness.]
[A tele-pano to the west (L) and north of Bridge Peak includes the Cloister Mountains and White Goat Wilderness at left, including Mount Stewart. The First Range at center and right. ++]
[This could be Hangman Peak which sits at 3140m to the north of Bridge Peak.]
After taking a short break to rehydrate and eat out of the wind, we followed an obvious sheep trail in the scree down the top part of the west face of Bridge Peak, heading towards Landslide Peak to the SW. It had taken us about 1.5 hours from the summit of Ernest Ross to the summit of Bridge Peak and we had many more hours and kms to go. We knew from Eric's trip report that we might have issues descending this face with it's many cliff bands and moderate terrain - especially since we had lingering snow to deal with on our trip.