Mt Cory Scramble

 

 

First sight of ridge ahead

First sight of ridge ahead

June 30th Monday

Mt Cory Scramble turned out to be a bigger day than expected. I should have know it was 1400m to the summit. The scramble starts on Hwy 1A 1.9km from the Hwy 1 turn off or 1.6 km from Fireside Parking. The pulloff is paved and the trail starts in the trees. Follow the blue ribbon to your immediate right. This takes you it short order to the trail up. The trail is easy to follow but is steep and relentless for 2 or more hours. The interesting stuff starts from the meadowed col.

 

At the Meadow Col

At the Meadow Col

When you reach this point you will be all turned around to the direction of travel because you have been looking at a false summit for the whole time.  The direction of travel is to the left of the mound on your right or go over the top but that just adds more elevation gain.

The cave stay right

The cave stay right

The next point of significance is the Cave. The trail vanishes but go to the right it lookes easier than the scramble to the left.

The route up right of the cave

The route up right of the cave

This shows the way from the cave.

The grey scree is the way.Follow cairns on right or left depending on conditions

The grey scree is the way.Follow cairns on right or left depending on conditions

The scree in the center of photo is the route. Going up we took the left side and it was very wet and slippy becauce of the melting snow. On the return we came down on the right ( left on descent ) and the cut back across which was much better.

On the way down we came across the red scree then cut back across much dryer

On the way down we came across the red scree then cut back across much drier

 

The final stretch to the top

The final stretch to the top

The final piece of the puzzle with the summit in reach.

Doug on final approach

Doug on final approach

The South summit was reached but we were dissapointed that a huge cornice blocked our way to the North summit. The time to the top was 4.5 hrs about 2 hrs from the Meadowed Col. Huge accumalated total elevation gain of 1740m

 

 

Mt Cory GPS Track

Mt Cory GPS Track

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MtCoryProfile

 

Distance return 10 km. Time return 8.15 hrs( inc 30 min lunch ). Elevation gain accumlative 1740 m.  Elevation gain to summit 1400m. Total height 2810 m

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