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Topic "Threepoint and Rose (1 of 9)" started by Ben Bwards on Nov-05-2007

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (1 of 9)
Author: Ben Bwards
Date: Monday, November 05, 2007 11:24 AM

Threepoint Mountain and Mount Rose

We started biking with head lamps and made are way to the Tombstone Campground. Mostly easy pleasant biking on a dusting of snow. We downed are stream crossing shoes and headed across the river. In hindsight we could have boulder hoped across the stream. We headed up the scree ridge and realized that it was going to be a very windy day. It worn on us all day and almost broke are resolve. The ridge had fantastic views. After surmounting the high points of Threepoint we set are goal on Mount Rose. The interconnecting Ridge was guarded by a 30 meter Cliff about 700meters long. This required heading west towards a small outlier until we found a breach in the cliff band that we could easily scramble down (thanks to Alda and Dave M. for this tip.). This required dropping approximately 150 meters of elevations and moving 400 meters along the ridge until it was flat. We then side hilled and made are way up the final scree slog of day. We followed the drainage out between the two mountains. There is game trail that travels 40 meters above the north bank in the valley bottom stay out of the creek. About 11 hours return. Including an hour going to look for someone that we thought we lost

Decided to take it easy for once due to the recent snow and went on a 2.5 hour run around the Glenmore reservoir but ended up more cold, hungry, and lost than my day in the mountains.


Last weekend I ascended Mount Sparrowhawk with little trouble. I also ascended Little Bourgeau (GR872657) an unnamed peak east of Mount Bourgeau that can be approached either via the Bourgeau lake trail, or via the sunshine access road. I had hoped to do a traverse of this little peak, but I couldn�t convince everyone to shuffle the cars. We headed up from the third avalanche pullout on the sunshine access road, grassy slopes and interesting ice formations were abound. However we miscalculated and we soon found are selves in avalanche bush were forced to drop 200 meters of elevation back to the creek. We headed up from GR875646 heading to the right of the summit block. As we worked our way above tree line there were many interesting rock formations. We went to go check out one of the caves (40meters long). We made are way to the summit with only one short bouldering problem to give us trouble. The summit view was ok. We decided to take an alterative decent route. We found a gully that headed toward Mount Bourgeau. It looked less steep but snowy and icy. Most of us put crampons on and we were back to tree line in no time. Followed the drainage out to the second avalanche pull out. This would be a better approach line. Our round about elevation gain was 1400meters but it could be done in a lot less. Good day in the mountains. Our route was a complete figure 8. The accent from the Bourgeau Lake Trail looked like less bushwhacking.

Sparrowhawk pictures:

http://public.fotki.com/calgaryoutdoorclub/2007/10/5300/

Ben

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (2 of 9)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 07:07 AM

Well done on both peaks Ben. Good to hear that a traverse from Threepoint to Rose is possible. Did you happen to notice if rappelling down the 30 m cliff between Rose and Threepoint was possible? That is, was there any obvious natural features to build a rappel station from.

Thanks,

Andrew

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (3 of 9)
Author: Ben Bwards
Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 10:14 AM

The rock band took us a little over an hour to circumvent. The rock above the cliff was of such bad quality and over run with scree that it would be difficult to find a natural feature to rap off. I would say that you'd have to use pins even then you'd have to do some digging into the scree. Walking around would overall take less time then trying to rap.

Ben

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (4 of 9)
Author: Ben Bwards
Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 02:25 PM

Here are some images from the trip:

http://calgaryoutdoorclub.fotki.com/2007/11/5348/1001085.html

This one shows Threepoint Mountain from the summit of Mount Rose. The cliff band goes beneath the summit all the way the knee of the person with the orange jacket.

Cheers.

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (5 of 9)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007 10:24 AM

Thanks for posting photos.

I've always been intrigued by that "fin" on Threepoint ever since I rode the Elbow loop on my mountain bike. The view from the river definitely makes you stop and look.

My partner thought it was the remains of a prehistoric shark. That would have to be one HUGE shark. Hahaha!



Topic: Threepoint and Rose (6 of 9)
Author: Jason Wilcox
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007 04:42 PM

Was that the same guy as that epic canoe trip from a few years ago Ken?? LOL

Jason Wilcox

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (7 of 9)
Author: Jason Wilcox
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007 04:44 PM

This is the TR I'm talking about:
http://www.takabe.ca/bottlelake/

Jason Wilcox

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (8 of 9)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007 11:06 PM

Haha! Good one but it was another guy.

If it was my partner from the canoe trip, he'd probably think it was a fossilized nose from some giant who roamed the area millions of years ago.

Topic: Threepoint and Rose (9 of 9)
Author: Wietse Bylsma
Date: Friday, November 09, 2007 12:26 PM

Ken,

I had a blast when I was reading that trip report of your canoe trip. Great writing!

Wietse Bylsma
http://www.rockies4u.ca