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A Scramble up Mount Denny via Grizzly Creek
Timestamp Free: 2019.12.09 - 14:47:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Opal Range
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1350m
Participants: Wietse Bylsma, Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: An unofficial, but delightful trail runs up Grizzly Creek. From there a delightful alpine meadows ramble followed by 600m of vertical on a mix of slabs and scree to the twin summits. Some exposure on the summit ridge.
A moderate scramble up the SW face of Mount Denny in the Opal Range of Kananaskis Country.
Spring scrambling in the Rockies around Calgary has always been an interesting game of trying to decide what's in shape and what is still out of scrambling condition. With the prevalence of social media, the game has become somewhat rigged with a flood of trip reports coming out after every weekend from all corners of the Rockies, indicating successes and failures and giving updates on current conditions. This up-to-date information flood is excellent, of course! It also means that certain areas and certain peaks get a lot more focused attention than in the past. I'll admit, I've taken good advantage of other reports so far in 2018 - ironically all the peaks that I've done this for have been on my list for many years - I've just been beaten to most of their summits this year for some reason or another.
Mount Denny is no exception to the list of summits I've desired for many years already. I first heard of it around five years or so ago and since then it's made it's way into not only one guidebook, but two. Both Nugara and Kane list it as a 'moderate' scramble via its southwest face. When Liz and Mike announced they'd successfully scrambled it in early June, it bumped way up my list and Wietse and I planned an ascent for a nice looking Friday on June 8, 2018. Of course there was a car in the parking lot already when we got there - I wasn't surprised to see someone else taking advantage of such a gorgeous day and the recent conditions report but it worried me a bit that we could have rocks raining down on us if the group was large...
The first thing to note is the number of folks who go up the south side of Grizzly Creek from the Grizzly parking lot along hwy 40. This is puzzling, if for no other fact than that's the steepest and most heavily forested side of the...
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