Kaycie and I set up a lovely bivy camp just under the small lake sitting on top of the headwall guarding Weary Creek Gap between Mounts McPhail to the north and Muir to the south. After a few minutes I decided I needed to bag one more peak this day (we'd already backpacked over Mount Muir that morning). Mount McPhail's huge south scree face had been calling my name ever since I first glimpsed it from Mount MacLaren a few days previous. Now that we were sitting right under it, it seemed wrong not to at least give it a shot! Mount McPhail is the southernmost Divide peak in the Elk Range of the Rockies - Mount Muir being the northernmost member of the High Rock Range.
[This photo, taken on descent, shows the easy line on McPhail's south aspect. Simply ascent from lower left to upper right, staying left of the light colored gully lower down and trending to the smallest cliff bands higher up. Red is the easy and purple is the line that avoids the approach trail by going around the north side of the lake, lower down.]
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