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Mt. Idefatigable North South Traverse - Difficult


Mt Indefatigable North to South traverse - Difficult scramble


Mt. Indefatigable rises to 2670m just west of Lower Kananaskis Lake, providing a great view of the Lakes and surrounding peaks. The mountain consists of two individual peaks, a traverse of which makes a fine moderate to difficult scramble. The plan is ascend the North peak, traverse the ridge to the South peak, then descend back to our starting point.


This trip involves steep off-trail hiking, significant elevation gain, steep scrambling requiring use of hands, exposure to steep cliffs, loose rock, and routefinding. Participants should be physically fit and comfortable in steep, loose and exposed terrain. The traverse route between the two peaks is somewhat narrow and exposed, with a steep, high cliff dropping off the east side. This is not a beginners trip.


Possible hazards may include:

Steep slopes, loose rock, unstable foot/hand holds, rock fall, exposure/serious fall hazard, wildlife (bears, cougars, elk), Inclement weather


In particular, the final 50m below the North summit is steep and notorious for loose rock. As such, helmets are mandatory on this trip.


Reference: Alan Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, page 162


Elevation gain: 1000m

Estimated trip time: 6-8 hours + driving time



I would like to meet at Shouldice arena, at 6:45am Sunday, for a 7:00 departure. This should give us ample time to complete the traverse and be back in Calgary at a decent time.



Required gear to bring:

Helmet - Climbing helmets only, no substitutes.

layered clothing - be prepared for cold and/or wet weather- no cotton!


sturdy boots - no runners

food - snacks/lunch

lots of water - 2-3L


Recommended gear: 

Hiking poles





bear spray

toilet paper/tissue - because you never know :) a great many people neglect this one...


small first aid kit



Please ensure that your $20 CSMC fee is paid.  Payment can be made at the Meetup.

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  • Mike

    you know it's Indefatigable ;) (note the N) damn my knees hurt.

    July 21, 2013

  • Mike

    Great times. Good scrambling

    July 21, 2013

  • Andrew M

    Dan did a great job as a leader and everyone was very helpful and supportive during the scramble.

    July 21, 2013

  • Anna

    Just got back from ice line hike....Even though I have hiked with 4 hours of sleep..... I would hate to slow the group down on the scramble,that's why this time I need to cancel. Huge regrets. Apology. Thank you.

    July 21, 2013

  • Anna

    Hey .... Wondering if its too late to ask for a lift. Hiking till late today. I live in westhils sw. Cell 4032007907. I'd appreciate your help

    July 20, 2013

    • Anna

      I don't drive

      July 20, 2013

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