Climber and plane on shoreline with view to mountain.

Times

Most Miserable Mountain

One climber called it “the most miserable mountain I have ever tried to climb.” In 1973, a flying boat brought climbers to a lake Chutine Peak. Assaulted by stinging insects, they first chopped through thorny devil’s club – only to find the north and east flanks of the mountain impassable. Undeterred, they built a raft to cross the lake and attempt the mountain’s west side. There, higher up, snow began to fall, visibility decreased, and chunks of ice and stone hurtled down. The conditions were perilous; the climbers left this challenge for another time.

Michael Feller photo. BCMC 51-51.