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Shatch Mountain - Possible New Route
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.05 - 04:23:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Carmie Callanan; Christine Grotefeld; Mardy Roberts; Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Moderate scrambling, occasionally with serious exposure
Possible new route of Shatch Mountain.
We four made the long drive over to the Palliser parking area on the 9th of September in beautiful autumn conditions, and then hiked up the Joffre Crk trail, which was a bit of a lengthy grind -- about 10 km to near the pass. About a km below Sylvan Pass, in a larchy area, we cut right (SW) through open forest; although the going was pretty good, there were lots of glacial shelves and so a good deal of up and down. Still, we persisted in our approach to our objective which loomed through the larches and alpine meadows to the W.

However, given the time of year, dark began fast to approach. So instead of reaching the lake I had been aiming for, we camped in a meadowy area along the upper reaches of Joffre Crk in pleasant little canyon. This was second time this year that I learned that you cannot finish a long backpacking hike with final uphill stretch. Nevertheless, we had a good camp in the dark, with lots to eat and drink.

On the 11th, two of the party elected to wander the meadows rather than scrabble up yet another obscure summit. Mardy and I, however, ascended to a ridge above the little unnamed lake, which is just at timberline. We continued S to a col and then ascended a ridge, while trending left and off into a large gully. We were able to ascend this gully on ledges and shelves, and eventually ended up on the main N/S crest of the peak itself.

But of course the main summit was a good ways off to the N. So there was quite a bit of scrambling up and down and around towers back to the N, some of it quite complex and airy, to reach the main summit. The views from this summit, the day being gorgeously clear and cloudless, were outstanding, especially the ramparts of Joffre group to the east across Sylvan Pass (See Joffre Group) and the panorama...

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