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
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.