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A Solo Trip up Scarab Peak in the Egypt Lakes Area
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.15 - 11:25:37
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 2150m
Participants: Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: Not an easy day trip due to length and elevation gains. When dry you could have bergschrund issues on the dying lower glacier, if wet you could have issues with steep snow or ice.
A long hike 'n scramble into the beautiful Egypt Lakes area in the height of larch season.
Phil Richards originally put Scarab on our list of future peaks a few years ago when we did Sugarloaf Peak (The Sphinx) and Lesser Pharaoh Peak in a long day trip. While Phil had a route planned up the south and east sides of Scarab, it was Robb Schnell who actually completed the route I followed and provided me firsthand beta on it. Without Robb's beta I'm sure Phil and I would have eventually gotten to it, but the detailed and very accurate description he provided sure helped me on this long solo outing. As I reviewed my proposed GPS track based on Robb's beta the night before, I was very excited for another long day in the Healy Pass and Pharaoh Creek areas of the Rockies. IMHO there is no better place in Alberta to get your annual - and very brief - fill of seemingly endless golden larch trees and Fall mountain scenery. I set my alarm very early (yet again!!) and drifted off, dreaming of peaks unclimbed and sights unseen.
[photo]1scarabfrompharaoh.jpg[caption]This image is from my first trip to the Egypt Lakes area in 2016 to the summit of Greater Pharaoh Peak. Scarab Peak looms over Scarab Lake to the right of center.[/photo]
My alarm went off way too early on Sunday morning, September 22 2019 but I was already up and almost out the door when it finally started yelling at me. How am I still so excited to wake up before my alarm after so many adventures to the west? I am still in love with explor8ions of my beloved Rockies, I suppose. As I prepared to set out from the Sunshine parking lot I was surprised to see two people just ahead of me, hiking up the Healy Pass Trail. I shrugged into my hiking gear and set off up the trail with my headlamp lighting the dark gravel road in front of me. Healy Creek itself is actually a pretty boring hike. It's...
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