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Drywood Mountain Recon
Castle Wilderness, Alberta
June 9 , 2007

We had planned to ascend Drywood Mountain from the South Drywood Creek road, but our plans ended when we came to a gated road. Since starting from the gate would add 4-5 km to the approach we decided not to try it. Later we checked a brochure/map and learned that the road is under a seasonal closure - September 1 - June 15 - we were a week early.

Instead, we explored the NE ridges of Drywood Mountain. We thought, rather whimsically, we could find a way up but we had no such luck. We parked at another gate (GR155629) and did a loop along a couple of ridges.

Of course we'll be back to try Drywood Mountain again, when the gate opens, or take bikes!

We ascended the ridge on the right, hiked to the base of cliffs in the centre and came down the
ridge on the left.

The ascent was steeper than we expected.

Some scrambling to get above the rock band

The true summit of Drywood Mountain is hidden behind these false summits.

To the north is Pincher Ridge and Victoria Peak.

We head for the base of the point on the left.

Colorful Prairie Bluff

Looking back at the ridge we ascended

Blue Columbine

Pincher Ridge

At the base of the cliffs

I scrambled up a short way before turning back

Looking back as we descend to the second ridge

Another view behind us

One of several swallowtails we saw flitting from flower to flower.

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