Climbing up Tombstone Mountain with Graham in Aug 2021, peak 47/108.


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Graham and I took a time window (albeit not a great weather window) to knock another peak off the list.
Here's Graham at Elbow Lake, where I was with Henry not 48 hours previous.


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Our friendly grouse, the chicken of the mountains.


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This was about the only open view we got of Tombstone Mountain before committing to the climb. The
trail was soaked and the trees kept us very moist as we found our way across the valley. For future
posterity, the route was definitely easiest staying on trail further down valley prior to cutting over
to Tombstone and fording the Elbow River to gain the route.


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This was about the most we saw of the area in between rain, snow, and fog. It did eventually lift a bit
but only after we got back down from the outing.


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Graham on the scree field that is the route. Basically, leave the valley bottom trail, hack through
bushwhacking on tight fir trees, break into the alpine, and start climbing straight up.


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Graham in the fog.


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We'd occasionally run up into a rock wall and have to either go straight up and over it, or find a
way around it.


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In this case, Graham went up and over it.


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Hard to tell the route when you get no visibility, but Graham is hugging the ridge line here. The
slope to the right goes off to infinity land almost the whole way up the slope.


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While not knife edge and 'au cheval' territory, it was still pretty pointed.


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Graham on route in the clouds. He said that his son Fisher would have loved this climb since he
really wants to 'walk in the clouds'.


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There was some interesting lichen on these rocks as it was one of the first times I've seen blue
lichen that looked like spilled antifreeze. My buddy Ben Gadd I think calls this 'crust lichen'.


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We got a bit off-route on the ascent and wound up on the ridge. Here's Graham crushing a jalapeno and
cheddar bagel prior to traversing across the slabs to get back on trail. Way to go us on NOT following the
steep and terrifying ridge any further and instead going back to the chossy, loose garbage scree.


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Yeah, this got us back onto the route. I think we both agreed that bad weather (and specifically bad visibility)
brings up the 'pucker factor' on a route, especially on a new route we've never done before.


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Graham climbing the final summit block after gaining the ridge from the awful loose choss.


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Graham and Paul on summit of Tombstone Mountain South.

Summit of Tombstone Mtn South



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We got a tiny sucker window into the weather from the summit, allowing us to see down to Tombstone Lakes.
Looking to the south east from the summit is a LOOOOONG way down!


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Thank God we were able to follow the southwest slopes all the way to the bottom. The idea of downclimbing
some of what we had climbed up, but now with a bit of snow and lots of rain was quite 'pucker inducing'.
Instead, Graham led us down a relaxed scree ski with some slab avoidance.


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The clouds opened briefly to give us a view of where we were heading.


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Graham on the descent following a small waterfall.


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Paul says 'Nice look at Rae Glacier' for a tiny second anyway.


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Graham found some mushrooms on the way out as it had dumped rain for awhile and finally stopped.
The rougher patches on the stem show this to be agaricus of some manner.


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This one was freakin' massive! A note here that Graham and I (mostly Graham) carried two fly fishing
rods on the entire adventure today so that Graham could teach me how to fly fish. I think this may
be giant leucopax, or the giant funnel mushroom.


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Once we got back down to the Elbow valley, the clouds lifted a touch, giving us the first partial
look at the mountain we had just summited. I swear it's up there somewhere.


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Graham taught me to fly fish, and to make the point, he caught himself a brook trout.


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This one still had some life left in him as Graham brought him in.


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Graham with a brook trout.


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Pretty little fish.


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'A River Runs Through It' kind of stuff.


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Graham's map is here showing ~20.4km and 1305m elevation gain. The route map shows
our descent route back down to the pass along the southwest slopes, definitely the preferred route.

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