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A Scramble up Mount Potts from Grizzly Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 17:04:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Opal Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1310m
Participants: Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: An unofficial, but delightful trail runs up Grizzly Creek to the cirque. From there it's a steep, loose, difficult scramble to the summit first up a gully and then along a narrow ridge.
A steep, loose scramble up a gully and then along an exposed ridge to the summit.
After getting a request from Grant Myers to scramble Mount Potts and also after looking at it on our approach to Mount Denny earlier in 2018, it was on my radar for an ascent at some point this year. Kane describes this peak as "much more difficult than Denny" and even suggests combining it with that peak for a long two peak day. Normally I would be very keen on a two peak day, but Mount Denny was perfect for a trip on its own and I loved the approach trail up Grizzly Creek anyway, and didn't mind coming back.

After scrambling Silverhorn Mountain solo on Friday the 13th of July and going to Canmore for supper with Phil and Manda, Hann and myself on Saturday, I wasn't expecting to be going back yet again for another scramble on Sunday the 15th but the weather was just too nice to sit at home. I was surprised to be excited to go out again, but I found myself really looking forward to Mount Potts for some reason. I think I knew the approach was great and the mountain seemed like a perfect solo objective. Despite Kevin Barton making it sound almost "easy" - I knew from Grant who'd recently done it, that while it might not be technically advanced, the gully was dangerously loose. Grant cautioned me very strongly not to go with inexperienced people or even more than a group of two. I decided a "group" of one sounded best.

The drive to the Grizzly parking lot was very pleasant in the early morning hours. There was more traffic than I expected at 05:30 though. I was hoping to beat the crazy Sunday afternoon mess that is the traffic between Canmore and Calgary the past few years - hence my early start at around 07:00 from the trailhead. I followed the now familiar trail up climber's left of Grizzly Creek, enjoying the direct and scenic approach to the back bowl even more...

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