August 12, 2004
Copper Mountain is a relentlessly steep climb. Dinah and I mostly encountered open slopes; there was little scrambling along the way. We didn't come across any scree nor did we run into any obstacles. But other than starting up the huge avalanche slope as suggested, we had little idea where we were going. Much of the slope seemed to be a maze of gullies and ridges where it was difficult to discern what lay ahead. But we just kept climbing and it worked out fine. We encountered no difficulties and returned the same way.
We recognized none of the landmarks that Alan Kane describes in his book including the pinnacle. I can't be sure that our route was what Kane had in mind!
Our approximate route as seen from Mount Brett
We climbed left of the strip of trees on the far right
Above these rocks is another meadow (below)
The best scenery appears on the lower slopes
We're dwarfed by the striking cliffs on our left
Looking back down our ascent gully
Huge vertical slabs on our left
The avalanche slope with its distinctive shape at the bottom.
Pilot Mountain rises behind us.
Higher up, we came to broad slopes
Finally the summit ridge is in sight
Final push to the ridge crest
The summit cairn and a stand of sorts
Heading back down
360° View from the top. Pilot Mountain and Mount Brett are in the centre.
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