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Mount Whyte from Chateau Lake Louise
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 16:20:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Bow Range
Participants: Serguei Okountsev, Weiwei Yin
Difficulty: 4: class 4
Two of us climbed Whyte via standard route from Lake Agnes. GPS track attached. The route is one of the most "civilized" - no bushwhack, not much crazy scree. Sustained class 3-4 with exposure. Marked with cairns and visible path most of the time. Loose rock everywhere. Contrary to what we both expected, the "first gully, if you fall you die" was not the crux. In front of us there was a group of three, with no helmets, wearing shorts and running shoes. Luckily, they gave up after just above the first traverse (the first gully). Ridgy part has two older bolted rappel stations, not sure if anyone would dare to rappel from those with so many loose rocks around ready to drop on you. That's where I grabbed a large block, which detached itself and flew straight down over the steep south face. This section we protected, so no worries. The exact location of the summit is hard to figure out without GPS, which we had. Very tight summit with not much room for taking "hero" photos. No summit register. Panorama from the top there:...
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