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Mount Fryatt via Geraldine Lakes
Timestamp Free: 2018.07.22 - 07:31:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Eric C, Kevin B, Ferenc J, Vern D
Difficulty: 4: Somewhat difficult approach on intermittent trails and a loose alpine ascent with possible snow or ice on route. Rope, axes and crampons recommended.
A wonderful alpine climb via a much shorter and more interesting approach along the Geraldine Lakes Trail, compared with the usual one along the Fryatt Creek Trail.
Preamble

On August 25/26 2012, I joined Kevin Barton and Eric Coulthard for a trip up Mount Fryatt in Jasper National Park. This mountain has been on my radar for a number of years due to its remoteness and the beautiful bivy site that was rumored to exist under the SW face. When Raf climbed Fryatt back in 2009, I was quite disappointed that I couldn't join. I waited patiently for three more years and finally made my own ascent in perfect conditions. Sometimes I get the sense that I'm rushing to complete peaks - this trip proved once again that it's the journey that counts - not the summit. The hike in along all the Geraldine lakes was very appealing to me. I've never done the other route up the Fryatt valley but the Geraldine Lakes route is just that - more of a route than a trail in places, but much shorter distance-wise and extremely scenic.

Approach

We approached the base of the SW face on Saturday, August 25. After a long drive to the not-so-obvious trailhead we geared up and started up a muddy Geraldine Lakes Trail to the first Geraldine Lake. The entire route past the five Geraldine Lakes and up to the alpine meadows north of Fryatt was gorgeous, but a bit under-developed (not really a bad thing). The two images that stand out most in my mind from the approach hike is "boulders" and "mud". Despite that image, it is still one of the most beautiful areas I've been to in the Rockies. Wild flowers were still blooming but a month previous it must have been stunning with carpets of endless flowers everywhere! Towering peaks reflected their brooding faces in the crystal clear lakes while loons and bubbling streams added a symphony to an image that was truly remarkable and unique. Like anything worthwhile though, you have to work...

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