Mount Indefatigable

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Mount Indefatigable
Green line is the actual track we took which was recorded by my GPS.

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This is Lower Kananaskis lake. I was wondering why it's called "lower" when it locates North of Upper Kananaskis lake. It's because of altitude not the position on map.

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This is Mount Indefatigable. Interesting name. One of the most famous hiking book "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies" by Alan Kane, I call it bible and so do many other hikers I bet, rated this mountain difficult. This book challenges you and some of the hike in this book is out of my league. None of my past hikes I have done are rated difficult in this book. So I was never intended to try rated "difficult" by myself especially for the first time, I misread the book thinking this mountain is rated easy.

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What I loved this mountain was I only had to walk short distance in forest. As soon as I was out of forest, I could enjoy lakes, mountains, and glaciers, no matter what altitude I was.

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Closer peak is South summit and farther peak is North summit.

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Lower Kananaskis lake on the left and Upper Kananaskis lake on the right. See Upper lake is higher than Lower lake.

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360 from South summit. Official summit is actually North summit I believe, but according to my GPS, only few meters difference.

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Upper Kananaskis lake in front. The smaller lake behind is called Hidden lake. Farther away Mangin Glacier.

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To get North summit from here it's time for scrambles and ridge walking for about 800 m (0.6 mile). I have to admit some spots were very scary and one wrong step could have ended my life.

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Ridge got wider and easier near the North summit.

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Looking at South summit from North summit.

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Neighbor, Mount Invincible. These two mountains are connected with ridge, but just like North and South summit ridge or worse, it's narrow and quite a exposure (diff: state of being exposed or open, as in unimpeded distance of fall)

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I thought walking exposed ridge was bad, but descending this scramble from North summit was worse. About 150 m (500 ft) of 50 to 65 degree descend was scary. See how scared I look in the picture.

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After the hike, I headed to Crowsnest Pass. I came across few thunder storms.


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