Mount Ball to Beatrice Peak

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Mount Ball
  • Location: Kootenay National Park
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,311 m (10,863 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,230 m (7,317 ft)
  • Distance: 18.7 km / One Way (11.6 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 6.8°
  • Estimated Time: 10-14 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Athlete
Above stats is from Marble Canyon Campground to our camp spot at GR670669. Not car-to-car stats.

We parked our car at a big water tank in Marble Canyon Campground near section H & J. From the campground entrance follow direction sings to H. Once you get to H, ignore the loop road goes into H and continue driving. Next 50 m or so, you should see the water tank and an access road to the tank on the left.

From the water tank, there was an unused road goes along Haffner Creek for maybe 500 m until it hit a canyon. Go up hill on the left of creek to above canyon and look for orange tapes. There is hardly any trail but the tapes will guide you the entire way till above treeline near GR659667 (waypoint “Cairn 3”). You can always find the tapes on left side (north side) of the creek either right beside the creek (most of the time) or at maximum 40 m away from the creek. In my opinion, it was grasswhacking rather than bushwhacking and if you are fresh, grasswhacking for 3 hours isn’t bad at all. Though I have to admit the grasswhacking on the way back to the car with heavy pack at the end of the day was little tiring and irritating.

We find a very pretty site to camp at alpine meadow and dropped our gears at waypoint “Campsite”. Depending on the time of the year, you may not have water source so you have to look for a spot where water is still running. Now with much lighter pack, we headed to a fun rubble slope to get to the col between Beatrice and Ball (page 9). Once at the col, follow the ridge to the summit of Ball. If you do Ball first then you can take an alternate gully descent from Beatrice. We find the alternate gully was pretty enjoyable and defiantly time saver.

Note: We couldn’t find summit register at Ball, so if you read this TR and don’t mind bringing one, please do so. Funny thing that we did find summit register at Beatrice though. However Beatrice’s summit register was stuck very tightly in a crack. It took Vern 10 min to get it out. So I think we should take it to the next level. If you read this TR and don’t mind bringing glue, I don't think I need to say more.

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Andrea and I left city on Friday after work for this weekend's scramble. She came directly from work. She opened her backpack from work and I saw Spiderman lunch box… Seriously Andrea? You are sooooo cool. lol

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We stayed at Marble Canyon Campground for a night.

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Park guy told us that there is bear activity in the camp. Only few hundred meters away from the camp, we encountered a grizzly.

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7 km of grasswhacking. If grass is wet, waterproof pants are recommended. Also stay back because then you won't be as wet as your buddies and you get to laugh at them if they slip.

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So many purple flowers. I think these flower grow out of struggle from scramblers who have come here.

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After a long boring grasswhacking, this pretty alpine meadow is a reward.

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Helping Vern's quest for Kane scramble. Eric Coulthard also joined this trip. I didn't ask Eric if he remembers this, but it was me who emailed him quite a while ago if he have done Mount Coulthard in Crowsnest Pass.

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Long rubbles to go up. Mouseover for line. We went Ball first by aiming a small waterfall where we could easily clear the rockband. On descent we took alternate route from Beatrice Peak.

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Wow… Vern, Andrea, and Eric going up this rubble on the right of the picture.

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At the Beatrice / Ball col, we could see glacier. Very nice!!

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Beatrice Peak behind Andrea.

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There was one bump between the col to summit which looked scary from distance, but it was moderate scramble.

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Unlike previous weekend when I did Isabelle Peak just south of Ball, the air was so smoky and didn't have good view. I was very very very pleased that it was a different story this week, especially how awesome the view was from Ball.

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Definitely worth bushwhacking for sure!!

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Vern ahead. The last slope to the summit.

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At this altitude, I started to feel the air thinning, and I was breathing hard while Andrea kept going like nothing have changed… What does she feed herself? Maybe the secret is in her Spiderman lunch box. I'd better get Spiderman lunch box too.

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Lake Louise area. Mouseover for names.

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Andrea's silly smile. I love it when she makes silly smile. Makes me laugh.

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At the summit after 6 hours from my #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. power leveled up car !!

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Me being snow lover, walking on snow was refreshing!!

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NW view.

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West. Shadow Lake below.

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Funny that the reason why Andrea wanted to do Ball was because she saw this huge mountain from Shadow Lake. The reason why I wanted to do Stanley (next day) was because I saw it from Stanley Glacier trail… What simple people we are… LOL

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Group pic from the summit. From left, Vern, Eric, Andrea, then me. By the way, can you tell who's from Edmonton which is about 30 m south of the north pole?

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Cold bum bum. p( ̄o ̄)q

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We were joined by another group of 3 (2 real people and 1 imaginary person). Going back to the col.

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Didn't take much to get to the summit of Beatrice. I have to say Beatrice is the tallest small peak I have done so far. It's still 3125 m tall.

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Looking back Ball.

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Rockwall.

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Action shot from alternate descent gully. It was very loose so we had to stick close.

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Back to camp spot. My Hilton according to Vern.

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We patiently waited for sunset.

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My favorite picture from this weekend.

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Sun sinking in Rockwall.

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Canadians are funny peeps. All 3 of them brought body bags. Why do they want to sleep in a body bag? I thought I was the one with most death wish…

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Mount Ball and stars. I hope you can see because I found that depending on monitor it's hard to see.


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