We had no illusions about attempting Goat Mountain in winter, but we thought it would be interesting to scope out the northeast ridge. Following the trail up the south side of Mount Yamnuska we reached the Goat-Yam col. A clearing on the col gave us an opportunity to plan a route. From the col, the northeast ridge appears to be comprised mostly of cliffs. At the north end, though, the cliffs seem to end so that's where we headed.
We dropped down the right side of the col. There were few trees so bushwhacking wasn't a problem. Emerging on the lower slopes, we hiked to the end of the cliffs.
We soon found out the cliffs didn't end here after all. I searched for a weakness but found nothing suitable. In dry weather, there might be some good scrambling here, but the snow patches were a deterrent now.
We could see that the cliffs diminished farther down the ridge so we hiked a short way down until we could easily surmount them. I was pleasantly surprised to find a talus slope on the other side that led to an outcrop.
Although we topped out on an insignificant point on the ridge, the view was grand. We could see the jagged northeast ridge extending to Goat Mountain. And having been up Yam a few times, it was interesting to observe it from afar.The outcrop we stood on was exposed on the other side. I noticed one place where it might be possible to downclimb, although overhanging rock near the bottom raised some doubts. But it wasn't something I wanted to try with mitts on. It may also be possible to circumvent the outcrop to avoid the downclimb but we were put off by the deteriorating weather conditions. We turned back with intentions of returning on a nicer day in a better season.
We followed the base of the cliff on Yamnuska on the way up but took
the scree back.
View from the col on the return when visibility had dropped. Goat Mountain
is on the far left. Mouse over to see our route.
Clearing on the col
Traversing the slope. East Peak of Wendell in the background.
Mount Yamnuska (mouse over for a close-up)
Searching for a way through the cliffs
Gaining the ridge. Hassel Castle on the right.
View on the other side of the ridge. We headed for the outcrop in the middle.
Looking back. Mount Wendell on the left.
Below the high point, Morrowmount in the background
Looking at Goat Mountain from the outcrop
Coming down from the outcrop
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