Dinah Kruze and I joined Andrew Nugara and Linda Breton in ascending Mount Gladstone. Thankfully Linda had both researched and searched for the route up this peak; we had only to follow her lead. This was her third try up Gladstone and we couldn't have picked a nicer fall day to bag it.
Using footpaths, a horse trail and a 4x4 road – which crossed Mill Creek a few times – we eventually made it to the southwest slopes of Gladstone. From there it was essentially a steep hike to the summit, although Andrew left us briefly to explore a scramble route. Coming down from the summit, we made use of a scree gully for a fast descent.
Mount Gladstone seen en route to the trailhead
Looking for a place to cross Mill Creek
Using logs to cross the creek
Using stepping stones to ford the creek just before the horse trail
After leaving the horse trail, Mount Gladstone appeared in the distance
Castle Peak from the lower slopes of Mount Gladstone (mouse over for a close-up)
Dinah and Linda make their way up to the ridge
Typical terrain on the ridge ascent
Dinah and Linda follow far below Andrew
Summit is on the right
Linda (lower right) is a speck on the broad slope
Andrew pauses on a high point on the ridge
Looking back from the summit as Andrew and Linda make their way up
On the summit: Dinah, Linda, Andrew and me
This, the highest peak to the northwest, is likely Tornado Mountain 80 km away
Coming down from the summit
Andrew above the scree slope. The treed ridge on the left is North Castle.
Heading down the scree
We quickly reached the slopes above valley of Mill Creek
I found a high perch to take photos from
Dinah and Linda (specks left of centre) after descending the gully on the right
Mount Gladstone with its white peak on the right. We ascended the ridge on the right and
descended the gully on the left. Linda and Andrew in the lower right.
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