Ball, Mount

elevation: 3,311 m. height gain: 1,820 m.
area: Kootenay Park,BC map 82 N/1

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
on the trail

On the trail near the start.
Scramble: This was a big one, Fab and I started early under scattered clouds. Indeed Haffner Creek's bushwhacking is certainly not enjoyable but once higher on the terraces it is a whole different place. The ground is very mossy alongside streams and small waterfalls. The glacier-carved rock is phenomenal and the surrounding mountains tower high above, it is a beautiful place! The rockband below the ridge appears impassable but a fat ledge in the gully breaches it, water may be flowing. The view on the ridge is amazing and the hike to the summit is straightforward. We enjoyed ourselves at the summit for a while; the weather was great, not too windy. On the way down, we made the poor choice of bypassing Beatrice Peak, not caring much for it at the time. I do now, it is after all 3125 m.; does this mean we must go back up Haffner Creek to redeem ourselves?

On the moraine, Mount Ball's southern glacier in the background.

ball ahead

On the summit ridge, Mount Ball ahead.

spectacular view

Amazing view.

at the top

Fab on the summit.

getting wet

We got wet coming down in the gully.

sitting man

Fab is sitting like the rock formation above his head, top of the scree slope.
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