After summitting Anthozoan Mountain it was time to try Brachiopod.
We thought we would apply our lessons learned and instead of traversing the slopes to the north summit, we would first tag the south summit of Brachiopod and then traverse the entire mountain to the north and tag the true summit that way. I believe that this is the only way to do it. Actually I would first tag the true summit of Brachiopod, then do the traverse, go down the col and ascend and traverse Anthozoan but we kind of did the reverse of that!
[Looking back at Anthozoan's west slope as we start up Brachiopod's south summit
[The great view of Douglas (L) and St. Bride (R) is what makes Brachipod worth an ascent.
[Looking back up Brachiopod's true (north) summit slope. It's not a very high mountain...
[We even brought a lamp along so we could play cards at night. I don't lug this heavy gear around anymore... ;)
Traversing Brachiopod was not difficult. I would say that the scrambling is actually a more enjoyable 'moderate' rating this way rather than just a boring scree slog. Don't get me wrong! It's still a boring scree slog to reach the south summit but after that it was good fun. Just before the north (true) summit there is some fairly interesting scrambling up slabby terrain that I would also call 'moderate' rather than 'easy'.
Like all the mountains in the Skoki area, Brachiopod sported incredible views into the valleys below and the surrounding peaks. All of that aside, it was not my favorite ascent in the area. The next day we did another mountain traverse, Oyster Peak
, which I enjoyed more.