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Mount Greenock

Easy Scramble
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Little, Some Burned Out Deadfall
Friday, April 3, 2015

At last timing and conditions aligned for a trek up the mighty Mount Greenock, a “peak” which marks the southern tip of Roche De Smet.  Ken and I had been talking about Greenock for some time as a ‘we should probably head up there at some point, I guess’ kind of objective and after seeing a moderate (but not great) weather window around Jasper decided to give it a go. 

Driving down to Jasper there was a very well defined boundary of where winter stopped and summer began (west of Gargoyle still looked quite snowy!).  Thankfully Greenock was on the summer-side and we didn’t really even need gaitors the bush was dry enough (and lingering snow patches were supportive).  As the Celestine Lake road wasn’t open for the season yet we parked at the pullout before crossing Corral Creek and got suited up.  Our route would follow the road until it reached the base of the western ridge (intersecting with the pipeline cutblock) and then ascending the cutblock to gain the ridge.


With the Celestine Lake road closed, we set off the west side of Corral Creek.


The ascent ridge in view from the pipeline cutblock.


Looking at the ascent ridge.


Decent weather here, much more wintery to the west.


Once on the ridge the rest of the route was very straightforward, head upwards mostly staying on the western side of the ridge except when that would lead to losses in elevation.  While heading upwards there are several burned out sections that looked natural and a few others that seemed very man made.  We came across several fuel caches of jerry cans filled with torch fuel (presumably to be used during controlled burns) that seemed quite out of place (and for a ridge that gets hit by lightning often could be hazardous!).  Higher up travel was easier kicking steps on supportive snow which made for quite quick elevation gains.  Higher up still the summit itself came in view and marked the start of enjoyable easy scrambling terrain.


Optional easy scrambling.


Lots of burned out sections.


We came across several caches of fuel, presumably for the controlled burn last year, or maybe the red jugs are a new version of JNPs "Red Chair Program". ;)


Another burned out section after joining with the main ridge.


Still some snow to cross through, it was quite supportive though.


Looking up at the summit in the middle.


Fromt the summit views were mixed but given the conditons to the west we certainly were not complaning.  One of the best sights was south directly across the valley where lighting and clouds made Jacques/Cinquefoil look considerably more impressive than how you would normally think of it.  We spent a fair bit of time on the summit looking for a register but there was none to be found.  Looking north along the ridge towards Roche De Smet it seems like there would be no extreme complications for a far as you can see but there are a couple notches (out of view from Greenock) that would certainly make the traverse into a technical affair (especially the notch directly south of the summit which we noticed last year).  We followed our path on the way down back to the road, making a stop beside the cut-block to practice some mountaineering-boot bouldering which was actually quite fun.


Considering how cloudy it was to the west not too bad of views.


Looking east to the towards Beaver Bluffs, Rosche Bosche, Coronach Mountain, and Mount Aeolus.


Cinquefoil and Roche Jacques looked quite impressive given the lighting.


The first part of the traverse over to De Smet doesn't look bad.


Ken downclimbing a section back on the ridge.


Wandering through one of the burned out sections.


Done early enough in the day for some mountaineering-boot bouldering down by the road.


Not a bad trip given the time of year and forecast.

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