Mt. Tyrwhitt to Mt. Pocaterra

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Mount Tyrwhitt
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (South)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,874 m (9,430 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 700 m (2,297 ft)
  • Distance: 10.0 km / Round Trip (6.2 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 8.0°
  • Estimated Time: 4-6 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Pink line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS. Pretty much all the difficult sections can be avoided from Tyrwhitt to Pocaterra. My route stays on the exposed ridge (off trail) entire way and that is why I rate this expert instead of difficult.

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Mount Tyrwhitt to Mount Pocaterra traverse. You can see the window on Tyrwhitt.

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Take Pocaterra Cirque to Grizzly Col.

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For me Grizzly Col was the second time. I came here with snowshoes in last winter.

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Ali on the top of the window.

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Pocaterra Tarn and the ridge to Mount Pocaterra.

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To Mount Tyrwhitt, as my buddies told me it was nothing but rubble. Wasn't too bad though especially it was solid.

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View from the top. Southeast.

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View from the top. Northwest.

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Mount Pocaterra
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (South)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,934 m (9,626 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,150 m (3,773 ft)
  • Distance: 13.1 km / Loop (8.1 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 10.0°
  • Estimated Time: 6-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.1a (but avoidable then advanced)
  • Fitness Level: Hard
Now the ridge walk began.

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After hiking with the ridge walker, Mark entire summer, I got used to do this… Stand right on the edge toes in the air and arms forward and take picture. Small exposure but fall would be still fatal.

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Closer to the peak of Pocaterra, ridge became narrower. Ali on the way to false peak.

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Ali took picture of us from where he was in previous page.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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According to my GPS, the true summit is only 2m higher than this false summit.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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If you stay on ridge to get to the summit, you have to deal with sketchy bit. It is narrow and exposed. Ken trying.

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View from the summit. Mouse over to see names.

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Ben approaching the sketchy bit.

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Mountains here have two distinct colors.

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Summit picture. From left, Ali, Ben, me, and Ken. It was my first time hiking with Calgary Outdoor Club (COC).
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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I found this crystal.

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We decided to take a shortcut. Instead of return the same way via Tyrwhitt as Kane suggests, we took a lose slope. This is the last gully to scree. Next page shows the route.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Look for this small rock fin, about 500m away from the summit. With good route-finding skill, you should be able to get down from there.

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Where two colors meet.

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It's has been a great September weather wise that almost makes me think it is still summer but seeing trees turning yellow tells me fall is already here.


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