Monarch, The


Trip Details
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Attained Summit?: 
Trip Date: 
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

A long day. The access gully and summit block are extremely loose, only recommended for small, experienced parties.


Trip Report

On Friday, August 19th I was joined by the indefatigable Phil Richards and Wietse Bylsma for another longish day trip in the Canadian Rockies. After two previous off-trail adventures to Breaker and Molar, Phil and I decided that it was time for a mostly on-trail objective. We settled on The Monarch, located between Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. Wietse has had his eye on this peak for many years, since Ben Wards posted on the old RMB forum that his group found a scramble route on it. Since then, Alan Kane has come out with the 3rd edition of his infamous scramble guide and added the same route to it.


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That looks like some serious scrambling. Striking and unobstructed summit views, too. I have always wondered whether the Monarch would be a "go"...and now I know it could be. I find myself in the Healy Pass area on an infrequent but repeat basis and am always checking out this beautiful mountain.

Do you know if it would be possible to hike along the crest of the Ramparts from Eohippus to Healy Pass?

Hey Rob, yes that's definitely possible. The only issue might be closures - make sure that area is open to off trail hiking before going.

Should be no problem as I skied it from Healy pass to Eohippus a few years ago. Would make a nice circuit via Simpson pass either way.

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