Lineham Creek Peaks

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Lineham Creek Peaks
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (South)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,775 m (9,105 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,590 m (5,217 ft)
  • Distance: 16.1 km / Loop (10.0 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.2°
  • Estimated Time: 8-11 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. 1st peak (GR616953) is intermediate, 2nd peak (GR618951) is intermediate, 3rd peak (GR623946) is advanced, and 4th peak (GR628936) is expert.4 with climber's scramble.

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4 peaks as seen in the picture.

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Wil on a hump on the way to the 1st peak.

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Mountains in Highwood in Kananaskis.

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At 1st peak. Mark and Ali surveying the area. 2nd peak is really close and not much elevation loss or gain. Should be able to get there in 15 min.

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I think this is on the way to 3rd peak already. Ridge get narrower and bit of scrambling.

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3rd and 4th peaks.

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Looking back 2nd peak. 1st peak is behind 2nd.

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View from the top of 3rd peak.

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On the way to the 4th peak. Ali over a small pinnacle.

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Ridge between 3rd and 4th peaks requires exposed scrambles (both up and down climb).

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Different angle of the previous down climb picture.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Nugara's scramble book explains somewhere between 3rd and 4th peak, need to get off from ridge and go down and backup again. I am not sure where it is. We did got off from ridge at some point and went below rock slab, but didn't look it was necessary, in fact, Ali kept walking on the ridge. However he said there was a rough place.

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Ali was supposed to go ahead and tell us how the ridge looks like. Instead he kept going without telling us. We waited for him for 10 minutes. We couldn't see him or hear him, so finally we decided to go down the ridge then backed up on the ridge again. Then we saw a dark dot on a huge rock slab... It was Ali. I think where he is, is the crux.

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Mark challenging the crux.

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Me coming up on the crux.
(Photo By Mark Evans)

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Mark and I coming up the ridge to the 4th summit. Mouse over to see zoom image. This is typical scramble after the crux.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Mark preparing for more scrambles on the narrow ridge.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Lineham Creek Peaks turned out to be one of the most difficult mountain I have done. It is exposed, ridge is sharp and narrow, and require climber's scramble on rock slab. I rate this one Mount Smuts class.

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See how sharp and exposed.

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Finally we got a breakā€¦ There is nothing much from here to the summit.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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View from the summit.

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Team Colorful on the summit!!

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We took a scree to descent. Panorama of the 3rd-4th ridge.

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The scree was very hard and unpleasant. No scree run here.


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