In 1946 a Royal Canadian Air Force DC-3 crashed into a mountain in Crowsnest Pass killing seven servicemen. Some of the wreckage, including a wing and the tail section, still remain. We hiked up to the plane crash site and then continued up to the cirque above the site.
After reaching the first cirque, we traversed west following a good goat track on the steep scree slope and climbed up to another cirque, between Andy Good and Mount Parrish. From either cirque it looks possible to climb much higher, so I plan to come back here again sometime. We tried to reach the col between Parrish and McLaren without losing elevation but cliff bands and loose rock stopped us.
So we backtracked and dropped down to another goat track that led to the col. From there it was an easy, albeit long, hike to the top of McLaren. After reaching the top, we followed the ridge a short ways before dropping down a steep slope. The landscape here is tortured, so it called for some route-finding, especially near the bottom where there are cliffs and pinnacles to negotiate. Caves abound and we inspected one of them. From there it was a short climb down back to the road.
Looking at the plane crash site. Andy Good Peak in the back.
Climbing to the cirque above plane crash. Mount McLaren in the background.
Mount Coulthard behind us
Cliffs stopped us from reaching the col from here. Mount McClaren on the right.
At the Parrish-McClaren col, Mount Parrish in back
Andy Good Peak and Mount Parrish
Easy ascent to the summit of Mount McLaren
Coming down from the summit
Looking back up the slope
Checking out one of the caves on Mount McLaren (mouse over for a close-up)
A look back at the strange rock formations
Almost at the bottom
82 G/15 Crowsnest
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