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Ascents of Tomahawk, Wapiti, and Tyrrell
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.23 - 16:35:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Bob Saunders; Reg Bonney; Rick Collier
Difficulty: 4: Moderate bushwhacking; steep snow (possibility of avalanche this time of year on Tyrrell); moderate rock scrambling
This report recounts a long-weekend trip in 1991 during which three peaks of varying difficulty were ascended -- Tomahawk, Wapiti, & Tyrrell
When I reviewed my notes for this trip, I was surprised to find that this was the excursion when Bob Saunders, Reg Bonny, and I (Rick Collier) decided at some point on the long drive or the even longer hike in that we would call our little and very informal climbing group The Old Goats. All three of us, plus some of the others with whom we climbed, always seemed to have a better time in the mountains with each other than on the more structured climbs of the official clubs, and so it was on June 29, 1991, that we decided to 'drop out' of the ACC, the CMC, the Ramblers, and most of the other groups we had been associated with, stop paying dues, stop attending meetings, and stop leading unpleasant trips. From now on, we were just going to have a good time in the mountains.

Aside from that, the drive from Calgary to Sundre and from Sundre to the Yaha Tinda Ranch was pretty uneventful. We arrived at the Scalp Creek staging area about 9:00am and right then and there regretted not bringing our mountain bikes; however, this was our first trip to the Yaha Tinda and we had no idea what the travel to the park boundary might entail. Turns out, of course, that there are decent gravel/dirt roads - perfect for cycling -- from Scalp to the Old Cascade Road at the boundary, and this mode of travel cuts the time in this front-country prairie from close to 4 hrs to one.

But we gamely hoofed the 12 km to the boundary sign perched under the nearby cliffs of Wapiti Mountain, and then 5.5 km more along the burbling Red Deer River to Tyrrell Creek; at the creek we turned NW and followed this stream for another 5 km. We camped on a small forested island at the intersection of three roaring streams - this was, after all, late spring and we were still getting considerable snowmelt (GR...

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