December 10, 2004
Despite a boring approach and weather miserable on Pigeon Mountain, Dinah and I were glad to get out at a time of year when hikes are limited.
After following the Skogan Pass trail for 5 km we took a side trail that led up the mountain. We looked forward to emerging from the forest, but once out of the trees there was little to see because of intermittent snowfall and rising mist. The wiind kicked up snow and often blotted out the scenery.
We scrambled up to the lower south peak but learned it has little to recommend. We pushed on to the main summit. Along the way we saw some bighorn sheep. They gave way to us and scrambled down the mountainside.
We reached the summit without incident although the weather had worsened. The weather obscured the view so much, that it was pointless to take a panorama from the top of Pigeon Mountain. We didn't stay long and decided to take a shortcut back to the car, one that would save us 4.5 km. It also took us off the ridge where wind and snow were insufferable. I set a waypoint for the top of the ski hill and used my GPS receiver to guide us down through 2 km of forest to the top of an abandoned ski hill. From there it was an easy one-kilometre stroll back to the car.
We finally leave the trees and get on the open ridge
After the trees, a rock wall comes into view
The north summit is some distance away
Mist rises behind us. Collembola and Mount Allan in the background.
On the slopes beneath the south summit
View of the north summit from the south summit
Leaving the south summit
Mount McGillivray lies east
Traverse to the north summit
Mountain sheep flee as we approached them (mouse over for a close-up)
Following the ridge to the north summit
Looking back at the south summit from the north summit
Nearing the summit
It was too cold to linger on top!
After bushwhacking down from the summit we were glad to reach the top of the ski hill
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