Mount Lougheed

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Mount Lougheed (Peak 1)
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,089 m (10,135 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,930 m (6,332 ft)
  • Distance: 19.0 km / Loop (11.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.5°
  • Estimated Time: 10-14 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.3c
  • Fitness Level: Athlete
Red line is the actual track I took up to where I went which was recorded by my GPS. Having two cars will cut down 3 km of walking.

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This is the entrance of drainage which Nugara's scramble book explains.

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After uncomfortable bushwhacking/drainage walking, finally the first peak of Mount Lougheed peaks out.

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But, BUT to get there we had to face with endless scree rubble… I know exactly what Mark was thinking.

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Peak 1 is still rated difficult. Proceed with caution. Pinnacles in this route were quite interesting to see.

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Looking at peak 2, the official peak of Lougheed. As I went higher and close to the peak 2, less and less my confidence became… Look at the beast. The book says lower-5th class climbing. (Any thing with 5 is considered as rock climbing) For those of you who are planning to do this route, mouse over to see close up of the crux. I didn't draw line on purpose, because I can't tell how I did it lol. Full credit to Mark's route finding skills to crack this bad boy. His navigation skill is pretty good as long as above tree line.

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Still to the peak 1. Peak 1 had so many false peaks after one another. So don't get your hopes high.

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This route would be excellent for winter condition for crazy carpeting in the Canadian Rockies (a book is coming out in 2015).

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This is another excellent route for crazy carpeting!!

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Typical scramble in this mountain.

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ARRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrARrrrrrrrRrrrhhhHhhh!! I will rate this difficult crazy carpeting, jumper's carpeting.

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The last hump before the peak 1. Examining the route.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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Finally the true summit!! Peak2, peak 3 (almost hidden), and peak 4 AKA Wind Mountain behind. It took us over 5 hrs at this point. We still got 2 more peaks to go.

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Mount Lougheed (Peak 2)
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,107 m (10,194 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,930 m (6,332 ft)
  • Distance: 19.0 km / Loop (11.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.5°
  • Estimated Time: 10-14 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.3b
  • Fitness Level: Athlete
Leaving the peak 1.

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Ali going up. Canmore far away.

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Me scrambling up. It's getting harder! Still series of lower-5th-class rock bands were waiting for us.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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Ali almost clearing the second last rock band before the peak 2.

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Me challenging the last rock band. Lower-5th-class!! Though I thought it wasn't too bad at all, but then at this level it totally depends on individual's skills, confidence, and comfort level. I can't really speak of it in general.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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At the summit. Seeing peak 1, 3, and 4.

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Spray Lakes side. It was so hazy, but still can tell the presence of Assiniboine.

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From here peak 1 looks horrifying. After all I didn't feel peak 1 was much easier than peak 2.

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Mount Lougheed (Peak 3)
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,032 m (9,948 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,930 m (6,332 ft)
  • Distance: 19.0 km / Loop (11.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.5°
  • Estimated Time: 10-14 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Athlete
As the book describes, there is nothing BUT rubbles between peak 2 and 3. Only took us 30 min.

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Peak 4, Wind Mountain, and ridge connected Mount Sparrowhark.

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After 7.5 hrs, we have done all 3. Ali takes picture of himself. Me eating a hulk sandwich and Mark banging his head with the scramble book.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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Peak 4… Can't get up from here. Have to take another route from the other side. Surprisingly the route to peak 4 is only moderate.

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On the way back I found this debris. I couldn't tell what it was, but has to be some type of aircraft.

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Whole trip started from bushwhacking then rubble walking, and this trip was coming to end by rubble walking then more bushwhacking.

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Ok, at least it was pretty decent.

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Reminds me of Japanese temples' gardens, but this is natural.


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