Folk, Mount


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Summit Elevation (m): 
3,087
Summit Elevation (ft): 
10,128
Elevation Gain (m): 
1200
Total Distance (km): 
15.00
Difficulty Notes: 

No difficulties if dry. No difficulties if wet. ;)

Map
Trip Report

After a full day driving to and summitting Mount Harrison, we slept in on Sunday before reluctantly rising and surveying the clouds that were now hanging over our little valley. Folk hadn't looked very difficult the afternoon before, as we trudged past it on our way up Harrison, so we weren't too concerned about ascending it in the clouds or even rain if it came to that. Thunderstorms would be an issue, but we weren't expecting any of that activity so we ate a casual breakfast before setting off up the same route we'd just completed less than 10 hours previous!

 

I have to admit that I wasn't totally "feeling it" this particular morning. We'd just humped our way up piles of scree to the Harrison / Folk col and the Folk views wouldn't be any better than Harrison's, especially if the clouds stuck around. The climbing was nonexistent on Folk, so the ascent wouldn't be that exciting either. Oh well. We drove a LONG bloody way to get here so I just told myself to enjoy the day and go grab another peak.

 

There are no surprises for ascending Folk. Steven, Ben and I went all the way to the Harrison / Folk col while Eric took a very nice shortcut just over the cliffs on the way up and ended up far ahead of us. We all chose slightly different routes on the final ascent slopes, I chose the west ridge to make things as interesting as possible. There were some nice views off of it but the ascent stayed pretty easy.

 


[Steven does some bouldering on the way up past the familiar waterfall]


[The cliffs around the waterfall have some very interesting patterns worn in them]


[More interesting patterns in the rock]


[I see dead people...]


[Looking back at our ascent gully with Smith Peak rising in the background.]


[Our decision to climb Harrison the previous evening seems brilliant now!]


[Folk looms in the distance under some pretty gray clouds]


[Closer now, Eric is a tiny dot to the right as he took a very well-timed shortcut before the Harrison / Folk col. I climbed the left hand ridge while the others went straight up the face.]


[Decent views off the ridge - if you like clear cuts! :)]


[Harrison rises behind us with it's east and west couloirs clearly visible.]


[Looking back at the different routes to the final summit block. Eric came up from the left while the rest of us cut over too high on the right.]


[Harrison just squeaks into the 11,000er club but I think there's at least two well known peaks that eclipse it and haven't made the club yet... See my Harrison TR for details.]


[Some interesting views off the ridge on Folk]


[Grunting up yet another pile of scree... ;)]

 
[The views were pretty good considering how cloudy it was when we awoke. ++]


[Mount Smith is our next destination...]


[Vern on the summit of Mount Folk. I hate those pants too, but they were $200 off so deal with it. ;)]


[Mount Mike]


[We briefly considered a traverse to this outlier but scuttled that idea in favor of ascending Smith and bivying on that mountain instead.]

 

The summit views were better than expected as the weather held up nicely. The descent was pretty quick too, with some great views of Harrison which was pretty much socked in clouds. Our decision to take advantage of the previous evening's weather window was looking pretty darn smart at this point. :)

 


[Easy descent with great views of Harrison]


[You can't shortcut too much or you're on cliff bands]


[A beautiful afternoon]


[Fall is coming!]


[The gorgeous valley we bivied in]


[Refreshing]

 

We got back to camp with plenty of day light left and decided we might as well hump our gear part way up Smith to make the next day a bit easier and shorter, so down the mountain we went. For descent we followed the flagged trail on skier's right of the creek and avoided about half the avy debris that we encountered on ascent. When we got back to the truck we even changed the flagging at the parking lot to lead to the creek route instead of the crappy avy path route. Both routes still deal with extensive avy debris that could be cleared easily in half a day by a determined party with a couple of chainsaws!

 


[Leaving the bivy]


[A nice draw, just past our bivy spot on descent.]


[Traversing the top of the stream to the trail on skier's right]


[Flagging marks the trail that we missed on ascent (we were climber's right - in the creek bed or on the wrong side of it).]


[The avy debris still affects the 'proper' trail]


[We are on the opposite side of the creek and avy slope but the slide was so big it pushed debris all the way up the hill on the other side! There is some flagging in the debris suggesting the original trail went through here.]


[This is what you have to look forward to...]


[The advantage of this route is reaching the creek and following ribbons and bits of trail down it to the parking area.]


[This is the easy part of the lower trail... ;)]

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