Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mt. Fable - South Ridge (II 5.4)

Approaching Mt. Fable. The South ridge climbs near the left hand skyline on the highest peak (middle of photo). Photo: Jody Goodwin.

Had a great overnight trip to Mt. Fable with Jody. We hiked up Exshaw creek for just over two hours and set up camp in a beautiful spot below the mountain.

Roasting sausage in camp! Photo: Jody Goodwin

In the morning we got a late start in order to let the day warm up a bit and then headed towards the South ridge route on Fable. About three hours of hiking brought us to the roped climbing section. Six fun pitches of rock climbing were made more challenging by the presence of snow in the cracks and on the ledges. The crux sections definitely felt harder than 5.4 in their current condition! A short section of exposed and exciting ridge led to the summit.
Jody near the start of the technical climbing.
Jody scrambling up some rock.
Me starting up the crux corner. Photo: Jody Goodwin

Jody on one of the steeper sections.
On the descent is was easiest to go down the ridge a short ways and then drop off the right side (North East) onto scree, NOT the West side like it says in the guidebook. After dropping a short ways we easily contoured around to the col.

On the exposed summit ridge. Photo: Jody Goodwin.
Overall, Fable makes an excellent early season alpine rock route that can be done in one long day, or two moderate days.

J. Mills

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