Mount Butters is the furthest north of the good rock climbing in the Battle Range. First climbed in 1914, from Butters Lake via the east glacier and ridge.
The route that looks most interesting for alpinists is the 1958 Stanford Route by DeStaebler-Harlin-Hemming-Kendall, up the north ridge. History buffs may recognize that among these names are the first Yosemite trained Americans to actually impress the Europeans with their tick-list.
Fred Beckey, Steve Drake, and Ronald Van Horsen climbed the west face and south ridges from a (presumed) chopper landing at the col south of Butters; Pequod Pass. They also climbed on the north side of Moby Dick from camp at the pass.
The shortest way may be to hike up Butters Creek from the end of the Duncan Road. Peakfinder seems to indicate that the road was washed out dozens of kilometers south. But it looks good near the termination at the border of Glacier National Park. If the road is passable, then it is just a gorgeous brush-fight for 8 clicks to Butters Lake. Might be prudent to have either two cars or bikes to get out in case the break-line loving porcupines eat you car. Satellite phone country for sure. And chicken wire to encircle your vehicle.
For those who prefer to ski, the Selkirk half of the Bugaboo to Rogers Pass route has been used. This approach does not require dropping into the forests of the Duncan River Trench. It does require several days to reach a base camp for Mount Butters from Rogers Pass.
ROUTE DESCRIPTIONInformation for this route description was referenced by Putnam to the 1958 Stanford Alpine Journal.This expedition used the Canadian Pacific Railroad to get to Stony Creek, below Rogers Pass. Then they hiked 30 miles to the Beaver Glacier, where they climbed out of the Duncan Trench. A high route was taken to get to a base camp (map). I didn't mark a route up the Beaver Glacier because it is not used regularly. The ascent...[more]Browse More Classics in International