I wound up with some spare time at a conference in Banff, so with Sulphur Mountain closed, I went for
a quick summit up Pigeon Mountain. These sheep were the only animals I saw on this tour and they
eyeballed me as I went past.
Looking down across the Bow to the Lafarge plant and their new crazy dome.
Video of a look around from the summit of Pigeon Mountain
A cool look from the summit. I wound up running down from the summit since I was going to be late
for dinner, so I finished the whole hike in under 3 hours car-to-car. Definitely a fast day and my
quads and IT bands hurt for 3 days after this.
Scrambling on the Squaw's Teet
Carl and I tried to get one last hike in before the end of our season. We elected to go up a
subpeak of Mt Charles Stewart locally called the 'Squaw's Tit', mostly since Carl liked the name.
The bottom of this hike needs some serious 'lady-scaping' though as it's all bushwhacking.
Carl enjoys being up and on trail early and this day was no exception.
After a couple of hours of mostly thrashing in the trees, we finally got up to ridge line,
and were able to get a glimpse of the summit block. It's pretty shear dropping off to the left side
of this photo.
Here's Carl descending one little feature along the route to the summit. That's the tail end
of Mt Rundle visible over Carl's shoulder.
How pretty is this ridge? Although there was a lot of loose rock on top of actual rock making
this hike a bit treacherous, the vantage point was pretty sweet.
A look at the summit block. The scramble route goes around the back on the left side here
making it far less steep than it appears.
Here's a look at Carl going up the obvious trail.
Here's Carl on the last push to the top. That's Mt Charles Stewart behind him.
Video from the top of Squaw's Tit
Carl coming back down from the summit. There was a bolt here and I could see how a bit of ice/snow
would make this sketchy.
I will definitely NEVER do this route again, mostly due to the terrible bushwhacking at the beginning,
but also the relatively poor trail throughout the route. Having said that, being on a nice section
of rock after summitting something always puts a smile on my face.
Since this is likely my last scramble of the season, my full elevation gained this year came in
at just over 11800m, although that's only what I counted using my Garmin VivoActive.
I'd like to hit 20km next year so that's a decent goal.