The Threshaak people who lived near the mountain base had legends of a great and terrible god-beast who lived at the peak of what they called Chinshaashekresh. Mountaineers knew it instead as Mount Alexander Mackenzie, one of the most remote, challenging, and least climbed peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Whether one called it Chinshraashekresh or Mount Alexander Mackenzie, the peak was of relatively little interest to mountaineers. It was not the highest nor was it the most difficult technical climb in the range. Primarily, it was notable for its remoteness and the fact that the Threshaak refused to climb it out of fear of a god-beast they claimed was so powerful that its mere visage could drive men to madness.
The length of travel time, involving a ride on a light seaplane as its final leg, turned off most climbers who had plenty of YDS Grade 5 mountains that were more accessible. But the legend ultimately attracted a camera crew from Monstrous Mysteries on the Archaeology Channel.
With their way paid and a TV special to film, the crew ignored the Threshaak and scoured the mountain for any trace of the supposed god-beast. The show was a hit, but not for the reasons that the Archaeology Channel had hoped; the crew found absolutely no trace of a beast but were instead dogged along the entire route by mountain goats who bleated late at night, defacated all over the equipment, and at one point butted a cameraman into a gully. Audiences found it sidesplitting, especially since the crew was attempting to parlay their utter lack of results into a serious, menacing program.
After the last Monstrous Mysteries people left, the largest of the goats climbed to the summit of Chinshraashekresh and bleated loudly. The clouds parted, revealing the form of G’Nilwarc the Annihilator, a great red-rimmed eye set in crimson and writhing tentacled flesh.
“You have done well,” said the ancient being in the tongue common only to things beyond time and space and mountain goats.