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A Solo Trip up Natalko Peak in the Egypt Lakes Area
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.25 - 22:21:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1850m
Participants: Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: A long day trip involving over 38km of distance, 1800m of height gain and some snow and ice depending on season.
A long hike 'n scramble into the beautiful Egypt Lakes area in the height of larch season.
Last year when I completed a beautiful scramble up Scarab Peak in the Egypt Lakes area, I thought I was pretty much done with peaks in that special place - at least ones accessed via Healy Pass as long day trips. In 2016 I'd scrambled up Greater Pharaoh Peak to stunning scenery in a snow squall. In 2017 I was back with Phil Richards, this time on Lesser Pharaoh and The Sphinx (Sugarloaf). In 2019 I returned on a long solo trip up Scarab Peak to more stunning scenery of Mummy Lake. While spending quality time with Scarab Peak I kept glancing across Mummy Lake towards the impressive peak rising over it to the SE. I knew the peak wasn't officially named, but wondered if there was a reasonable line up it. On arriving home I asked Phil about it and he mentioned it was known as "Natalko". David Jones refers to this peak in his Rockies Central guidebook and describes an "F 4th 50m" route up the SW face. Even more interesting to me, was a route that Robb Schnell outlined on GravSports up the east face - no more than moderate scrambling according to him. Because Scarab was such a great scramble, also first described by Robb, I trusted his description and added it to my list for Fall 2020. I woke up cold for some reason and hit snooze on the alarm for an extra 45 minutes before dragging my sorry butt outta bed. Some days start easier than others and today was definitely an "other". The drive went well and I arrived at the Sunshine parking lot just before 07:00 only to see a barricade near the start of the huge parking lot preventing entry to the base facilities. Arg. People were parked near the barriers so obviously we could walk the extra 500 meters but WHY?! Ah well. Of much more concern to me was the layer of white on surrounding peaks including a good coating of...
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