The north aspect of Mount Burstall in attractive winter light taken while I was cross country skiing off of the Spray Lake Road. The scrambling route comes up the gully below the northeast face from the valley at the right to gain the col between Burstall and the subpeak to the left. From there it goes up the east (snow covered) slopes to the ridge, then goes left along the ridge to the summit, but one steep step must be negotiated and is the crux of the scramble.
This shows me descending Burstall just after the crux pitch with Mount Sir Douglas and the Robertson Glacier looming behind. Mount Robertson is the peak on the left side of the glacier.
For those wanting to ascend the Burstall scramble route this picture will give an excellent profile of the crux portion of the scramble. From where I am the best choice is to drop down onto the right side of the ridge to gain excellent ledges which take you into the gully just below the crux. From there you go up the solid slabs of the gully to gain the base of the crux step where the slab abuts the right trending final portion. Follow the ridge top to the left of me to where the rock angles upwards at about 45 degrees and the slab is on that slope below the upper summit block, out of view. Where the slab ends is the crux step, and at that point you are overlooking the airy east face. From the step you scramble carefully upwards to the right just below the ridge line to the summit, in which the cairn is visible.
Shows me descending the crux step of the final crux pitch. This is the crux step just above the broken slabs of the gully and the point at which you are overlooking the airy east face. The rock is reasonably solid and this step and the final crux pitch provide for an exciting finish to an excellent scramble, highly recommended.