Passport to the Peaks
"Quite unexpectedly, I first stumbled
upon Grande Cache en route to Alaska. The night was pitch black
and my only interest was to find a place to rest in preparation
for the long journey ahead. When I awoke in the morning and stepped
out of my motel room, I was awestruck. By the morning light, the
mist was rising to reveal a ring of snow capped mountains surrounding
the town. My imagination was set ablaze. Everyone who has come
here has been captivated, like myself. It is from this experience
that the Passport to the Peaks was born
Grande Cache is situated in the Foothills up against the Front Ranges
of the Rocky Mountains. It serves as an excellent access point to a
panorama of mountains. Each mountain offers its own challenges and rewarding
vistas. These hikes rival those in the National Parks yet offer true,
less traveled wilderness to the adventurer. Indeed, to our collective
knowledge, some of the mountains, to this point, have never been summited!
Nevertheless, we believe that all of them offer non technical routes
for hikers to achieve the summit. The Passport to the Peaks program
celebrates the beauty of the area by identifying the ring of mountains
that surround the town.
Each mountain is rated as either Bronze, Silver or Gold depending upon
the level of difficulty. The Bronze Mountains are typically daytrips
with simple wayfinding. The Silver Mountains involve either multiday
adventures, more advanced route finding or require a significant river
crossing. The Gold Mountains are much more remote, undeveloped and challenging.
On each summit is a Cairn Box with an embossing Summit Stamp mounted
inside, particular to that mountain. This stamp will serve testimony
to your having achieved the summit. It will also serve also as a souvenir
to remind you of your triumph and the vista at which you marveled.
The journey starts at the Grande Cache Tourist Information Centre. There,
pick up the Passport to the Peaks at nominal cost. This full colour
guide, has a daysheet for each mountain printed on tearproof waterproof
paper. Each daysheet gives a map and description of the route and has
a blank gold, silver or bronze seal emblazened upon it.
From the Tourist Information Centre, make your way downtown to the Summit
Console: a spot wherein you can stand and see each of the peaks along
with a description. Choose the summit you wish to challenge and remove
the daysheet from the Passport to the Peaks.
Put your skill and determination to the test and make your ascent. Once
at the summit, take in the view! Then find the Cairn Box, open it up
and stamp the seal of your daysheet.
Once you have achieved one summit, you will have caught the fever and
want to bag them all. Once you have collected all of the Bronze Summit
Stamps in your Passport to the Peaks, return to the Tourism Centre and
present your book. For a nominal fee, you will be presented with a Bronze
Peak Pin, your name will be engraved for all posterity on the Bronze
Peak Plaque on display in the Tourism Centre and your name will be added
to the Mountaineers' Roll of Honour on our website. Similar recognition
will be bestowed upon you once you have completed all of the Silver
and Gold summits respectively, along with the satisfaction of gaining
a more elite rank of Mountaineer.
The Bronze Mountains will be inaugerated into the program in 2001; Silver
Mountains in 2003 and Gold Mountains in 2005.
Mountain (part of Caw Ridge)
(UTM 372/5950, part of Persimmon Range)
of Mount DeVeber (southwest peak)