Crazy Carl and I took an early morning window to climb Mary Barclay's
Mountain, something we didn't finish the last time we were out.


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We started pretty early in order to have a chance to be back to make a conference call. This is the
start of the day from the Wasootch parking lot.


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Carl getting ready for a quick jaunt in the front ranges.


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The reason that Mary Barclay isn't more popular is that there's either an extra 6km hike
in from Troll Falls, or a crossing of the frigid Kananaskis River to get it started.

Carl crossing the Kananaskis River



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I'm not totally sure why Carl posed like this for the photo, but it's funny.


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Alpenglow is one of my favourite colours, but apparently iPhone cameras don't quite capture it.


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The hike itself is pretty straightforward once you clear the river. Just go up the ridge.
Here's Crazy Carl huffing and puffing his way up the elevation.


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A nice look at Mt Kidd in the morning.


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I think this is the female spruce grouse, the chicken of the mountains. It was just chilling
on the pathway and barely moved for me to hike by.


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The top bit of Mary Barclay has a bit more scrambling to it, and that bit is being lit
up by the morning sun here.


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From this side, Mt Lorette looks pretty imposing.


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Looking back at Barrier Lake you can see some of the cliffside and exposure to our east side.


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Here's Carl making his way up above treeline.


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Looking back at Wasootch Peak and Kananaskis Peak.


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Carl says, "This beats working any day!"


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As we cleared treeline, it gets a good bit steeper and scramblier.


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The last bit of the hike goes up the ridgeline here. Last time Carl and I were up here, we
instead went along the ledge to the left, a poor decision.


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Carl coming up the last bit of the route.


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A bit better vantage point to see the whole area.

View from the summit of Mary Barclay's Mountain



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Carl on the summit of Mary Barclay's mountain, 2260m, named after the founder of the first Canadian
Youth Hostel, in Bragg Creek in 1933.


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Carl and I on the summit of Mary Barclay's Mountain.


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Carl thought this was neat since our shadow was visible looking to Mt Lorette.


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Carl on the way down the mountain.


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You can see a bit of the bum scootching moves Carl did here.


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Once off the main peak, it was mostly just a hike here.


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Other than slightly missing the exit trail for ~5 minutes and then correcting ourselves, this
may have been one of the only hikes that Crazy Carl and I managed to stay on trail the entire way.
This is exiting the meadow just before we dropped back into the river and headed home.

Garmin data is HERE

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