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Mt Tupper With Roy
10th Aug 2011Posted in: Blog 0

Roy and I had a couple days booked off this summer to try Sir Donald, but with the late summer and conditions Sir Donald was not really an option.  Lucky for us though, Mt Tupper was in perfect shape and so we focused our sights on this big mountain on the other side of the valley!

Driving out of Canmore on July 31st was a relief to say the least.  Felt like a zoo in town and getting into the park was like a bad game of bumper cars and I was quickly annoyed with the grade 5 “budding” mentality every car had about getting into the right lane!

Arriving in Rogers Pass, the traffic was slowly drained out the higher we got with each step up towards Hermit Meadows.  Gaining elevation with a heavy pack is usually not such a treat, but listening to the sounds of a chaotic weekend slowly drain into the distance was very rewarding!!

roy climbing mt tupper rogers pass

We arrived at hermit meadows to find ourselves…ALONE!  Wow!  How could this be?  We thought surely we would be fighting the crowds up there as well, but nope.  We got our tent up, just in time for a nice evening shower, followed by a rainbow.  had some dinner and a hot tottie…and cruised into bed.  What a great camp spot! We awoke to another hiker arriving at midnight who didn’t have much compassion while using the bear bins at that hour!!:(

Awake at 4:45 the weather did not look promising…go figure!  We had breakfast though and coffee, packed our bags and decided to go anyway…you just never know!!

roy with swiss peaks behind

Passing through the meadows is magical, what a gorgeous area!  Travel was fairly easy and soon enough we made it to the ridge…the never ending ridge….

With lots of 2nd class, 3rd class and then 4th and 5th class, this Tupper ridge offers it all.  Exposure on both sides, fun blocky quartzite, some challenging moves, and some great views.  Roy rocked it as he usually does, and we were on the summit by 11, and enjoyed a sunny but chilly summit with views of Sir Donald and the Swiss peaks….amazing.

roy climbing mt tupper

I hadn’t climbed Tupper in years, when I had come up and also did Rogers and the Swiss peaks.  I forgot how great this mountain is…a true gem!

We retraced our steps back down and got back to our camp.  Took it all down and headed back by 4 to our car and the chaos that awaited us back at the highway.

What a perfect way to get away on a long weekend…Thanks Roy for a great trip.  You always impress me with your endurance on those long mountain days…and still get great photos at the same time!:)  looking forward to the next adventure.

Eisenhower with Roy June 28
1st Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0

After a bit of a delayed start, Roy and I headed up to the Hut on goat ledge on Castle Mountain.  The hike in is a fairly benign, uphill climb on a hikers trail for an hour and a half to the Lookout where views towards Banff and Lake Louise can be had for miles and miles.  Making good time here, we continued on our way to the more technical part of the ascent.  One short pitch took us to a series of steps and more uphill gain to our home for the night.

It not being the hugest quarters, we were relieved to find ourselves the sole residents for the night!  A bit of tea, a bit of brandy and soon our heads hit the down jacket for the night.

We awoke to pitter patters of rain starting at 1am and by 6am when our alarms went off, the rain was still intermittent.  Trying to shove our oatmeal and instant coffee down, we contemplated our options.  The initial plan was to do Brewers, but with the rain and the difficulty in retreating with one rope we decided to change it to Eisenhower tower since Roy had not climbed either.

The goat traverse still had a fair amount of snow so we were happy to have our axes with us.  The dragons back is always such a cool way to start the tower, some fun climbing up and down little spires that take you to the tower proper.

Once on the tower the climbing is super fun on good rock…even if it is raining!  We headed toward the decision point where one can either climb on the left of the right side of the tower.  Due to the rain that didn’t want to subside we opted for the left side to keep our options for retreat easy!

Lots of snow in the gully still made for some fun mixed snow and rock pitches.

Near the top, we had to make some decisions on the weather…we knew we were close, but the rain was starting to really come down.  Some climbers that headed up the right side decided to bail, but because the weather wasn’t electric, we continued on to tag the summit.

Lucky for us, we popped out to a fist full of sunshine that allowed us some glimpses of our amazing surroundings…

Of course, going up is only half the day!  We high fived, had a snack and started our descent down.  Several raps got us back to the ledge where we traversed back to the hut, grabbed our stuff and headed towards the car.

Thanks Roy for a great day in the mountains and persevering in the less the optimal weather!  Looking forward to our next adventure