Galatea South

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Galatea South
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,986 m (9,797 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 960 m (3,150 ft)
  • Distance: 13.8 km / Loop (8.6 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 7.9°
  • Estimated Time: 4.5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
My plan was The Fist, but the trail was closed due to bear activities, so I decided to go for Galatea south peak which I attempted earlier this year in winter.

To Chester Lake:
After the flooding, the trail was destroyed near the parking lot. There was red taped route I could follow to get to the trail.

To the Summit:
After passing Chester Lake and Elephant Rocks, it was time to slog. There was nothing to it but slog up rubbles all the way up.

Descent:
I was expecting to have thunder in afternoon, but looked to me I still had some time to enjoy the mountain, I decided to follow south ridge towards Little Galatea and took the gully between Little Galatea and south peak to get down to valley. (The same route described in Nugara's Snowshoe book.)

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For short distance from the parking lot, the trail was washed out by the flooding.

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That's the south peak.

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Popular spot, Chester Lake.

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Popular spot, Elephant Rocks.

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Start of ascent.

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Mount Sir Douglas and his minions.

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Nothing but scree.

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Nothing but more scree.

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Mount Joffre.

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The true summit of Galatea on the left. Gusty on the middle and Mount Chester on the right.

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Panorama of Kananaskis.

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I was surprised how good the weather was compared to front range and prairie where it was overcast.

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I thought about doing Yamnuska instead because I thought it might pop out of clouds, but after seeing this, I don't think Yamnuska was high enough.

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Going back via south ridge. This is exact spot where I turned around on winter attempt.

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Sphere shot of Chester area and Sir Douglas minions.

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Gully was mess after the flooding.

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The same as Chester's ascending gully. Messy.


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