An unsuccessful climb on Holy Cross, and a successful climb on Mt Bryant.

Holy Cross Mountain with Dan


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Dan and I decided to put an attempt on Holy Cross mountain, even though the weather window
wasn't ideal. You can see the blizzard coming down as we're starting out from the trailhead.


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We walked up the road from the trailhead, and you can see the amount of snow already down,
and it continued snowing all day.


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Dano showing off his sexy new beard and showing the amount of snow on the trail.


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Dan showing me how wet his gloves got on this morning. It's a rare day that I need a full hot thermos
for a hike/scramble but this was one of those days.


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Once we finally got out of the steep trees full of snow to the nuts/nipples, this is what we got
into above treeline. This is the point at which we bailed off the climb and decided that there
wasn't a path forward for us to succeed.


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This shows some of the snow on this exit as we went back down to the car.


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Buried in snow having some apple cider.


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This gives a sense of the snow we wallowed in, up to the nipples.


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Our turn-around spot.

Video of the area when we turned around


Garmin connect data HERE.


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A look at where we got held up on this climb. You can see we were too high on the left side of the
peak, but practically the amount of snow here meant that we honestly should have skied on this day.

Summit 45/108 Mt Bryant


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After leaving with my tail between my legs on Holy Cross, a change in weather meant that
I was willing to give another shot. This time I brought my friend Brian and we targeted
Mt Bryant, with a trailhead of just up on the Powderface Trail. This is the dry riverbed
that we started in.


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After making a bit of progress through the dry riverbed, and then entering the drainage, we found
ourselves jumping across the stream quite a bit, and it turns out, more often than we needed to.
Thankfully we stayed mostly dry in creek jumping!


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Brian making his way up the creek. While this day caused a 'heat warning' to be issued, we did well
by staying mostly in the shade of this steeper creek and then the shaded side of the mountain itself.


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Brian dancing along the creek as the sun is coming up further.


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Looking to the back of the drainage, we can see one of the 'seven peaks' that wrap around this
amphitheatre above Upper Canyon Creek.


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While many people like the quiet in the mountains, on this day the pounding waterfalls provided
lots of great sounds to listen to as the snow melted out above us.


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After making our way through the forest above the creek, we popped out onto a really neat slope that
still had a bit of snow left on it.


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One of the things I find striking about this time of year is the difference in water flow rates
from earlier in the morning to later in the day. Check out this small waterfall now.


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And then later in the day. A photo maybe doesn't do it justice, but the short answer is that it's
drastically increased later in the day.


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Brian crossing a small leftover snow field.


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Bryant Lake was starting to melt out but you could hear the cascading power of the snow/ice melting
into it, so it was far from a quiet lake.

A look around Bryant Lake



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A better look at the unnamed peak above Bryant Lake to the south.


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Brian beginning the trudge up the ~500m of vertical scree to summit this peak.


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Looking back along the way we came up this valley, with Brian below the only bit of real
scrambling on this route.


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Brian liked this boulder.


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Some cool fossils in the limestone.

summit view from Mt Bryant



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Summit shot from Mt Bryant. I find it funny that Cochrane was under a heat warning and I needed my
toque on the summit here due to the wind.


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Brian on the top of Mt Bryant. Brian did awesome on this day having basically done it
right off the couch.


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A look at the scree slog as Brian comes down the slope. It took us ~2 hours to summit out this piece
of terrain but only about 30 minutes to come down.


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Some neat white wildflowers we saw on this day. I think this is alpine smelowskia but I need to confirm that.
We also saw a lot of purple gentians out already too.


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Brian hiking out on the exit here.


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Using some climbing skill to keep feet dry.


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On the exit hike, trying to stay dry.


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Brian on the dry creek bed of Upper Canyon Creek on a gorgeous June day in Alberta.

Garmin Connect data here HERE with highlights being ~20 km of distance, ~900 m elevation gain,
and 2700 calories burned.


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A look at the route we took up and down Mt Bryant. The 'faster' exit didn't seem like a good option based
on conditions so we went out the way we came.

Other Paul photos


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Graham and I took a tour up to Rainy Summit. It was a sweet outing although this man is fast!


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My bike on Rainy Summit.


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My buddy Kurt made this rules for 'Randyland' many years ago.


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Now preserved for posterity here.

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