This was our second time up Exshaw Ridge. The first time Dinah and I didn't get far because of strong winds. It was windy this time too, but at least it didn't knock us over.
After hiking up Exshaw Creek for 3.5 km, we headed up the ridge. It was steep, but animal trails assisted our ascent. The grade eased once we reached the ridge crest. We followed the rtidge to a high point, taking in its many ups and downs. Along the way we passed peaks we had already climbed: Doorjamb and Loder Peak east, and Gap Peak and Mount Fable west. Mount Fable is especially prominent: the summit looks rather like a shark fin.
I also studied peaks I hadn't seen before. Morrowmount caught my eye and two weeks later we returned to ascend it.
Exshaw Ridge: the arrow indicates our turnaround point
Hiking up Exshaw Creek
Gaining the ridge
A few ups and downs lay ahead
The first section of ridge was easy and mostly featureless
Looking back along the ridge
Dinah negotiates a short cliff band
Mount Fable dominates the background here
Little Mythic Tower (left) and the Mythic Towers (right) rise above Exshaw Creek (click for a larger image)
Looking ahead along the ridge
Cornices lined the crest in some spots
The ridge became more rugged
Lots of scree here
Some nice scenery along the latter part of the ridge
Looking south at the highest point we reached
After walking past the summit a short way, Dinah took this photo looking back
The ridge ahead appeared technical for us
Heading back along the ridge
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