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Topic "Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (1 of 6)" started by Bob Spirko on Jun-10-2006
Topic "In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (1 of 6)" started by Linda Breton on May-16-2006

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (1 of 6)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 01:43 PM

On Sunday, unwilling to pass up great Spring weather, I opted to head down to the Castle Crown area. I ended up having a successful trip up Pincher Ridge via the SW. Warning: May contain references to ticks, bears, loose rock, and rental cars.

http://scramblesandrambles.150m.com/pinchersw.htm

Linda Breton
http://scramblesandrambles.150m.com/scrambles.htm

Email: peaksdarkandbright@yahoo.ca

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (2 of 6)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 04:04 PM

Great report and pictures, Linda. And thanks for the link. I�ll put one to your webpage.

Andrew

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (3 of 6)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 04:18 PM

Both of you had great trip reports! So when is that book coming out? ;-)

I enjoyed that quote Linda.

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresh-oxygen.com

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (4 of 6)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 05:32 PM

Great trip report and fantastic photos, Linda. Looks like you have that self-timer thing down to an art now! And like Vern, I quite like that final quote from "Into The Wild".

Sonny

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (5 of 6)
Author: Bob Spirko
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 06:58 PM

Congrats on bagging Pincher Ridge, Linda. After our attempt I looked at Andrew's photo of Pincher's SW ridge and realized that would be the easiest way to go. I enjoyed your report and photos. I liked the photos of the colorful shale. Love the colours in Castle!

Bob Spirko
http://bobspirko.ca

Topic: In a Pinch - Pincher Ridge (6 of 6)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 09:43 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Drew, great photos in your report. Now I know what those scary rock bands looked like up close!

Vern, do you mean the book on greasy scrambling energyfood, or the one on lightweight scrambling boots? Soon, soon...:-)

Sonny, I am not even close to getting the same results with the self timer as you do in your reports. Speaking of your reports...;-)

Bob, I knew you would have no trouble finding an easy way up the mountain. It's always fun to try out more difficult routes though.

Linda Breton
http://scramblesandrambles.150m.com/scrambles.htm

Email: peaksdarkandbright@yahoo.ca

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (1 of 6)
Author: Bob Spirko
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 11:29 AM

On Monday, using Linda's route, I made the summit of Pincher Ridge. However, after seeing Linda's and Andrew's striking photos of Victoria Ridge, I was inspired to travel farther along the ridge so I could view the colorful terrain. So I bagged the centre peak as well which included a short but difficult scramble.

http://bobspirko.ca/OtherScrambles/Castle/PincherRidge2P/PincherRidge2Peaks.html

Bob Spirko
http://bobspirko.ca

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (2 of 6)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 03:39 PM

Bob,

Well done on Pincher Ridge. The �Looking back at the north peak�� and �South peak� pictures are terrific. Nice to see that you extended the trip further south and made it to the centre peak.

I don�t suppose you could see the continuation of the ridge as it connected to Victoria Ridge? I was thinking that a great loop route would be to do Victoria Peak, Victoria Ridge and then circle around to Pincher Ridge and summit that one also. It would be a very long, but visually-stunning day.

Andrew

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (3 of 6)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 04:36 PM

I concur. Really terrific pictures, Bob! All we need is a video so we can *hear* how strong the wind must have been.

Sonny

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (4 of 6)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 05:04 PM

Fantastic report and pictures, Bob! I had wondered how those cliff bands on the center peak would be; good to hear they can be passed. When you were at Pincher Ridge summit, did you cross to the far east end and see the pink crystals?

Drew, from our pictures taken from Drywood and Victoria, it appears to be an easy traverse from the west peak to the highpoint on Victoria Ridge. If you did the loop, maybe you could stash bikes at one end or the other to get back to the car afterwards..?

Linda Breton
http://scramblesandrambles.150m.com/scrambles.htm

Email: peaksdarkandbright@yahoo.ca

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (5 of 6)
Author: Wayne H
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 07:51 PM

In a couple of the pics, he is so high, I can see the curvature of the earth! ;-)

Just like in Linda's pics, what incredible colours! I liked the shot of the puzzle piece rocks towards the south peak as well.

Topic: Pincher Ridge, North & Centre Peaks (6 of 6)
Author: Bob Spirko
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 09:32 PM

Thanks, I had a great time on Pincher. I even got use to the wind! I tried to video myself in the wind, Sonny, but it was tough. Being one person, by the time I set up the camera for a strong gust, it would die down.

Some of the photos, like the south peak puzzle rocks, comprise of 4 photos stitched together to create, in effect, a wide-angle lens photo.

Linda, I did see some small pieces of pink crystals. I was hoping to find some larger pieces to photograph but didn't have any luck.

I was wondering about such a loop too, Andrew. I was hoping to check out that possibility, but my views to the SW were blocked.

Bob Spirko
http://bobspirko.ca