My friend Levi happened to be in Calgary and we were able to wrangle some time to try to climb
the Grand Sentinel near Lake Louise. Here is the photographic evidence.

First, some Stampeding photos


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Here is an Avnet lady named Sabrina with Harry the Horse from the Calgary Stampede. Dennis talked our
way into the rodeo for free and we appreciate the good times.


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Sabrina and Carl having a good time. Note Carl drinking iced tea and Sabrina drinking beer, although
admittedly it's Bud.


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My new portrait of Carl. He's in 3-day old clothes, hasn't showered or been home yet, and he's about
to get the party started again. What a trooper.


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A very wet day on Exshaw Mountain for Carl and I meant we got quite moist, but did complete the traverse.


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Carl on Exshaw Ridge.

Levi and Paul's Great Adventure


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So, due to some time commitments, if Levi and I were going to be successful, we would need an early start.
Here is Levi in the parking lot of Moraine Lake at 6am so that meant we left the house just before 4am.


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Levi looking up at the Tower of Babel. Someday Levi. Someday.


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Levi with part of the Valley of the Ten Peaks visible, along with a cool shot of the moon.


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Levi, looking back at the Fay Glacier.

Video of a look-around the area



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From Sentinel Pass, looking at the Grand Sentinel. It's pretty washed out though since the sky was so
bright at ~7:45am. That's Mt Lefroy above the Sentinel.


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Levi, looking back at the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It's a pretty stunning vista from Sentinel Pass.


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We made the quick crossing over to the base of Grand Sentinel (the pinnacle on the right). Levi
thought crossing snow was pretty cool in late July.


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This is the Paradise Valley below Levi.


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We gained the rocky col and downclimbed to our start position. You can see the little rock ledge
that we walked across in order to start the climb, called Cardiac Arete .


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This is the arete we climbed. It has absolutely stunning position, a beautiful view, and really strong
rock for the Rockies.


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Levi at the base of the climb. That's Mount Temple above him.


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Levi and I at the start of our climb.


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Looking down at the Paradise Valley.


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Levi took the first pitch, at 5.10a. It was strong. I swung the second lead, but in much slower time,
and I took a boatload of takes. It turns out that I didn't have the stamina to lead multiple 5.10 sport routes
and the second pitch is really sustained. Here's Levi coming up to the second belay ledge.


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The third pitch had a very distinct crux at a roof. Levi did a really wild move that looked kind of
chimney-like. I tried to do the same and bailed and then had to prussic my way back to the rock. The move
goes out onto this ledge and up and over the top. It was gnarly.


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Since I turned into a pathetic whiner, Levi led the last two pitches (both 5.10d). Here he is, really excited
to be humping the arete near the top of the climb.


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The third belay ledge has quite a drop to the deck. I'd put this at ~150m down to the snow.


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The victory shot from the summit. Well-done Levi! You earned this climb!


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I'd say that I came along for the ride, but it was still really awesome.


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Me, with Mt Lefroy looking on.


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I think this is a glorious photo of Levi bringing the rope over for our rappel descent. That's Mt Temple
behind him and he looks like the winner that he is.


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Levi and I post-summit.


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Levi rapping down.


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Me, on the rappel line. This is shortly after I got a rope unstuck on the way down so I'm feeling
REALLY HAPPY about not having to prussic over and fix it.


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Levi and Mt Temple, before we ran out of the valley to get home to BBQ some steaks for dinner. Thanks
again Mr G - you're welcome anytime.

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