Fullerton, Mount


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Monday, September 20, 2004
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A long day trip involving easy to moderate scrambling depending largely on route choice and conditions.

Trip Report

Wow. If you haven't done Fullerton or Fable make sure you don't do these two mountains in the same year. If you've done Fable and you thought it was a long approach you better psych yourself up pretty good for Fullerton or you won't make it! Fullerton is a wonderful scramble once you actually get up onto the mountain proper. Just getting near the base will cost you about 8km though. That's one way. To the base. ;)


We did this mountain on a beautiful day when just Fullerton and the Nihahi Ridge traverse were in sunlight and everything else was under cloud and rain. We also did this mountain the worst possible way. We didn't bring bikes and we even walked an extra 1.2 km because we didn't check if the far parking lot at Elbow was open (which it was)!


I would recommend biking to the Nihahi Creek trailhead and maybe even biking up the switch backing trail 100m till you get to the creek. Depending on your biking ability you could probably bike almost the entire way. Of course we didn't bike and the walk seemed very long. Actually according to my GPS the walk was long. We walked around 26km to do this scramble. When you get to the drainage you still have a long way to go till the ridge (took us an hour). Once on the ridge the scrambling is fantastic and almost makes up for the long walk in. On the summit you have great views of other scrambles in the Elbow Valley. On the way down we did the alternate gully and although it was ok, it really isn't any better then the long walk up. I certainly wouldn't recommend going up this way due to large, unstable scree for a lot of the way.


I do recommend this scramble because of the fun ridge scrambling but don't recommend walking the whole way and I also wouldn't do it on a really hot day, that valley would be scorching hot and would get old fast.


[Finally done the initial approach along the Little Elbow River trail and now we're walking up Nihahi Creek north up the huge valley trending along the east slopes of Fullerton (L) and west slopes of Nihahi (R).]

[We are now officially scrambling up Fullerton - many hours into our day already.]

[The approach gully was interesting.]

[Finally getting some decent views on the NE ridge. Part of Mount Howard's long east ridge in the background.]

[Part of the delightful scramble to the north ridge and summit.]

[Big terrain on the ridge to the summit.]

[The scrambling is never difficult and the barren landscape is quite entertaining.]

[Finally on the summit!]

[Nihahi Ridge runs from right to left, eventually merging with Compression Ridge at the far left. Our approach valley is the entire length of Nihahi! ++]

[Great views of Remus, Romulus, Black Ridge, Fisher Peak and Howard (L to R) from the summit of Fullerton. ++]

[Dave down climbs typical terrain on the NE ridge.]

[Lots of large limestone flakes on the upper ridge.]

[Interesting terrain.]

[A rainbow with no rain? Hmmm. Looking down into the Nihahi Creek valley below the NE ridge.]

[A LONG trudge awaits us as we slowly work our way back along Nihahi Creek towards the Little Elbow and our exit.]


Appreciate the info and pics, might be doing this one in the coming weeks as part of my goal to do most all the ridges in Little Elbow area.

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