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Hector’s Peak (Bridge)

Summit Elevation (m): 2630
Trip Date: Saturday, June 03 2017
Elevation Gain (m): 1500
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: Moderate scrambling with limited exposure. NOTE: This was done as part of a long traverse to Two O’Clock Ridge via Landslide Peak.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
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First Ascent: Dr. James Hector (solo). September 18, 1858


After leaving the summit of Ernest Ross it was time to traverse to the higher, and unofficially named, “Bridge Peak”. (Note: After doing some research and reading a beta copy of “Rockies North” from David Jones I realized that this is known as “Hector’s Peak” after Dr. James Hector. The significance of this ascent is it’s very early date.) 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.

The Landslide Loop Traverse Route Map
Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.

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.

Mike checks out the views from the south summit of Bridge Peak looking towards Landslide Peak, Mount Cline and the White Goat Peaks.
Looking north towards Elliot Peak and up the Coral Creek Valley towards Mount Stelfox to the left of Elliot and Sentinel Peaks.

The winds were picking up as we took photos from the north summit, including some great views of the White Goat peaks (Troll, Dasent, 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.

After taking a short break to hydrate 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.

Bridge Peak
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Bridge is directly ahead with Elliot Peak at right. Landslide, Two O'Clock and Whirlpool Ridge at left.
Bridge is directly ahead with Elliot Peak at right. Landslide, Two O'Clock and Whirlpool Ridge at left.
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.
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
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
Nice colors and form of Elliot Peak lying to the north of the ridge.
Nice colors and form of Elliot Peak lying to the north of the ridge.
Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.
Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.
Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.
Interesting colors on the ridge to Bridge.
Looking back along the ridge to Ernest Ross.
Looking back along the ridge to Ernest Ross.
A red-streaked canyon plunges down towards Bridge Creek far below.
A red-streaked canyon plunges down towards Bridge Creek far below.
Mike takes in the east face of Bridge Peak.
Mike takes in the east face of Bridge Peak.
Grinding up our second mountain of the day.
Grinding up our second mountain of the day.
Two O'Clock Ridge and Whirlpool Ridge at distant center and right.
Two O'Clock Ridge and Whirlpool Ridge at distant center and right.
Steep and loose - another theme for the day.
Steep and loose - another theme for the day.
The massive summit cornice wasn't an issue for mighty Mike.
The massive summit cornice wasn't an issue for mighty Mike.
Checking out the south summit first (we dropped our packs beforehand) involved losing a bit of height along the ridge.
Checking out the south summit first (we dropped our packs beforehand) involved losing a bit of height along the ridge.
Landslide Peak, Mount Cline and the White Goat Peaks.
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 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.
Looking south from near the north summit as Mike traverses towards me.
Elliot Peak and up the Coral Creek Valley towards Mount Stelfox to the left of Elliot and Sentinel Peaks.
Elliot Peak and up the Coral Creek Valley towards Mount Stelfox to the left of Elliot and Sentinel Peaks.
Entry and Shoe Leather Creek Valleys towards Landslide, Purple, Cline and the White Goat Peaks.
Entry and Shoe Leather Creek Valleys towards Landslide, Purple, Cline and the White Goat Peaks.
Mount Cline towers over Resolute Peak to the west.
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.
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.
Mount Murchison in the distance with Two O'Clock Peak at left and part of Landslide at right.
Allstones and Abraham to the east.
Allstones and Abraham to the east.
Whirlpool Ridge.
Whirlpool Ridge.
Murchison
Murchison
Cline
Cline
Bertram (C) and Afternoon Peak (R).
Bertram (C) and Afternoon Peak (R).
Seven Seas Peak - located across the Cline River Valley to the north from Bridge Peak and east of the White Goat Wilderness.
Seven Seas Peak - located across the Cline River Valley to the north from Bridge Peak and east of the White Goat Wilderness.
Cloister Mountains and White Goat Wilderness at left, including Mount Stewart. The First Range at center and right.
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.
This could be Hangman Peak which sits at 3140m to the north of Bridge Peak.
This obvious sheep trail in the upper scree on the west face of Bridge Peak had us excited that we'd found an easy and obvious descent to the ridge below.
This obvious sheep trail in the upper scree on the west face of Bridge Peak had us excited that we'd found an easy and obvious descent to the ridge below.
Looking back up at Mike descending the trail that has now fizzled out for me.
Looking back up at Mike descending the trail that has now fizzled out for me.
Looks easy from above, until you get into it and then it's kind of nasty for short stretches.
Looks easy from above, until you get into it and then it's kind of nasty for short stretches.
The ridge towards Landslide (R) looks so close from here - but we'll have to do some tricky downclimbing and traversing to get there from here.
The ridge towards Landslide (R) looks so close from here - but we'll have to do some tricky downclimbing and traversing to get there from here.
Loose, cheese grater terrain.
Loose, cheese grater terrain.
Looking up at what may have been Eric's escape gully from near the south summit of Bridge.
Looking up at what may have been Eric's escape gully from near the south summit of Bridge.
This is the terrain we had to escape from down the west face of Bridge Peak.
This is the terrain we had to escape from down the west face of Bridge Peak.
Gaining height to escape the west face to the ridge (note the cliffs below us here again).
Gaining height to escape the west face to the ridge (note the cliffs below us here again).
Downclimbing the west face.
Downclimbing the west face.
Looking back at the west face of Bridge Peak. We descended a wandering line down the center, working to the ridge.
Looking back at the west face of Bridge Peak. We descended a wandering line down the center, working to the ridge.

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