Not only did we get the idea of climbing Syncline Mountain from Andrew Nugara, we coincidentally met him and his brother Mark at the trailhead. They wanted to bag all three peaks whereas we set our sights on doing only the first--and official---peak of Syncline Mountain.
Andrew and Mark had a head start on Dinah and I. Unfortunately, I didn't set my bearings and we set off in the wrong direction into the trees. By the time we got on track and gained the ridge, Andrew and Mark were well ahead of us.
Once on the ridge, the way is clear. We followed it to a break in the rocks, which I call "the gates" and hiked to the summit.
We spent over an hour on the summit. We continued for a short way down the other side hoping to see Andrew and Mark but seeing no sign of them, we started back. That's when we saw them.
They were on a gendarme on the ridge. We watched them as they disappeared and then reappeared farther down the ridge on the next high point. They appeared to have hit an impasse and we saw them turn back.
We were getting cold standing around so it was time to get moving. We headed back down.Although our trip was an easy scramble it did afford some great views of new scenery. Later we learned that Andrew and Mark succeeded in bagging all three peaks, an effort that took 13 hours!
Syncline Mountain from the highway. The ascent route follows the ridge curving up to the snow line.
Heading up the ridge
Larches stretched almost to the gates
Mark and Andrew above the gates
A toppled tree caught between two dead trees
Looking back at the ascent ridge
Almost at the gates
Southfork Mountain on our left
Above the gates, the summit appears on our left.
Behind Dinah, Gravenstafel Ridge and Mount Haig
Andrew and Mark on the third rock point (movie of the same below)
St. Eloi Mountain and the second peak of Syncline
Third peak of Syncline
Southfork Mountain (click for a larger image)
82/G8 Beaver Mines (descent route)