Yamnuska Traverse

Yamnuska after the gap

Yamnuska after the gap

June 30th Sunday

This was going to be Heart Creek but as the shots show it was unavailable.

Flooded out with gravel

Flooded out with gravel

 

No Parking lot enterance blocked

No Parking lot entrance blocked

So off to Yamnuska. It was the long weekend and with Kananaskis being flooded out everyone desended onYamnuska.The route is very easy to follow from the parking lot just east of Hwy 1X on the old Hwy 1A. Follow the trail past the Info board and across the Quarry Road.The trail rises sharply through the trees to the branch where the sign gives you the choice of the climbers route left or hiking to the right.The traverse comes back out at this point from the left.

View of your destination

View of your destination

Views on the way up.Looking over Hwy # 1 to the south

Views on the way up.Looking over Hwy # 1 to the south

Eventually you reach the col or the foot of the rock mass.The secret enterance is now infront of you.

The crack in the rock.Not obvious when no one is going through

The crack in the rock.Not obvious when no one is going through

Jon climbing through the other side

Jon climbing through the other side

Me in the same place

Me in the same place

The face of the scramble now opens up infront of you (as showen in the opening picture ).This is not all of the climb the famous Chain on the rock face is out of sight.

Jon edging around the chain ledge

Jon edging around the chain ledge

Jon looking very confident

Jon looking very confident

There is now anouther tricky bit of scrambling before the slog to the top.

View of the way down from the summit

View of the way down from the summit

The scree is really good until after the the corner then it gets very slippy on the thin loose rock.

The path ahead before the great scree lope

The path ahead before the great scree slope

After the you turn the corner around the end of the mountain you are now are walking under the front face.

Looking back to the top

Looking back to the top

When you come to the scree slope any of the routes down will do but we took the first one.This is some of the best scree slope jumping you can get and just when you think it is over it carries on,so don’t empty your boots.The path goes to your left and passes a nice little waterfall to freshen up on a hot day.

The big scree slope

The big scree slope

It is then just a walk back to the parking lot coming out at the sign for climbers and hikers.

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