Tom Seto, Henri Henault and I scrambled up both mountains (and Beatrice Peak) in one day from the top of Hafner creek about three weeks before 911. The approach to the top of the creek took about six hours, a lot more than Kane’s guide book suggests.
The bivi site was nice but the smoke from a nearby forest fire was intense and some interesting photos were had. I got dizzy for a moment.
The traverse between the two summits was fun, with one spot of ice to deal with. I used my adz to cut a single step in but I’m not sure if Tom used it on his way back, a down climb. I did.
Tom did an ice glissade down from the summit but I clawed my way back up to the safety of rock after a few slippery step’s. Took a bit longer but was preferable to an ice burn.
I found the bush whack much easier on return. It helps to get the trail finding skills in shape. The log jumping and obstacle course made for lots of bending, heaving and other bodily movements that with a full pack was a good workout.
I’m glad I went on this trip instead of the Castle Mountain trip we had planned on.
Unfortunately my friend Ann never made it. I would have loved it if she had come but nobody could be found to take care of her cat, Blue.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — that
myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are
more powerful than facts — That hope always triumphs over
experience — That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I
believe that love is stronger than death.
American Writer, Minister, Working Cowboy
We know that we have passed
from death into life, because we love… [1 John 3:14]
Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism
Mount Ball and Beatrice Peak Gallery