Martin, Mount


elevation: 1,746 m.
height gain: 700 m.
area: Pritchard,BC
map 82 L/12
2021-Feb-02


From Pritchard, drive up Martin Prairie Road. At a T-intersection, 054145, veer right on what appears to be a service road; it is a continuation of Martin Prairie Road (to the left is Silver Birch Lane). During winter, you may only be able to drive as far as the private property on the north side of the road, 055143. Continue about 300 meters to an intersection and go right on a secondary road, 058141. Follow that road; go straight at 055132 and past a fence line. At 044117, a crude cutline heads towards a landing, 046116 and the mountain's north-west ridge. From there, pick your way up the mountainside aiming for a bench at 046110. Head east, climbing a highpoint and circumvent the drainage until it's easy to reach the summit plateau. Walk the summit plateau to the south end, the broad summit is at 056096.

***Other route options are possible.***


parked

Parked near a private entrance (left), I'm not going any further.

poor decision


This guy should have made the same decision!
Snowshoe trip: RT 8.5; 5.5 up. Mount Martin is diminutive and located in a region that would never be considered worthwhile visiting by any scrambler. However, I found myself admiring it on my drives from Kamloops; it does stand out compared to its surroundings. I decided to pack down an uptrack part way to the summit during a weekday hoping Milan and the kids could accompany me to the top the following weekend. The start of my trek was quite easy but when I veered off the service road and began to climb, it was clear that this objective would be an ordeal. The terrain is steep at the start and postholing was knee-deep. I had a moment of respite when I gained the bench atop the north-west ridge but it was short-lived. I continued climbing until the long detour, which avoids a major drainage, revealed itself. That circumvention cost me a lot of time and effort. The snow was unconsolidated; additionally, there was lots of deadfall and juvenile trees which increased weakness in the snowpack. Although that section of terrain was flat, breaking trail was brutal to say the least. At that point, I figured I had to reach the summit because it was unlikely the kids would make it and I didn't want to come back. I was thrilled to set foot on the summit plateau. The walk to the south end seemed pleasant compared to the tough push I'd just done. The filtered sun felt warm and there wasn't much wind. When I reached the broad summit, I sat on a log to enjoy the partially obscured view and accomplishment. Returning was way quicker as expected but I felt sore. This small mountain really kicked my butt!









approaching mount martin

Approaching Mount Martin, I'll continue on the road until I reach the north-west ridge (far right).

aiming for the rib

Aiming for the rib in the middle.

steep at the start

Steep at the start.

postholing


Postholing will be the theme of the day...


the rib


The rib led to a shallow gully where avalanche debris provided firmer footing.


on a bench


Cresting on a bench with a good view of the summit plateau (right).


looking back


Looking back.


typical terrain


Typical terrain as I circumvent a major drainage on my way to the summit plateau.


circumvention


Looking back at my lengthy circumvention.


slow travel


Postholing makes travel really slow.


nearing summit plateau


Finally nearing the summit plateau.


looking north


Looking north, Sun Peaks is in the far distance.


summit plateau


Snowshoeing to the south end of the summit plateau.


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Western view.


at the top


Enjoying the top.


south-west


South-western view.


filtered sun


Filtered sun and rimmed trees.


leaving the summit


Leaving the summit.


view towards kamloops


View along the South Thompson River towards Kamloops.


following my trench


Following my trench.


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About to retrace my steps down the gully.


access rib


Quick descent on the access rib.


mount martin


Mount Martin's western aspect.
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