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A Fun Scramble up Mount Lyautey
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.27 - 00:23:30
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Spray Mountains
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1650m
Participants: Phil Richards, Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: A moderate to difficult scramble involving route finding and easy glacier travel.
A scramble route up one of the harder to access Kananaskis Lakes peaks.
I first spotted the impressive hulk of Mount Lyautey in 2006 from an ascent of Mount Putnik. At the time I was only around 5 years into my scrambling career and wasn't very familiar with the peaks all around me. Now, over a decade later I've been on most of their summits - but as of the morning of August 20th, 2017 I still had not stood on top of Mount Lyautey. In August of 2009 my interest in the mountain was once again sparked by two reported ascents in the span of just a few days - on a peak that had only seen a handful of total ascents since the 90's! Over the years since 2009 I had many plans for Lyautey but as always, there's so many options and for some reason or another it kept getting sidelined. In 2016 Alan Kane published the 3rd edition of his Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies which now included Lyautey. After already delaying the peak once this year, it was time to finally go for it. After cancelling plans for a trip up the Icefields Parkway due to a last minute wx change (snow?!), Phil Richards and I were at a bit of a loss what to replace it with. I suggested Lyautey and Phil agreed. We were wary about forest fire smoke as the views from Lyautey are pretty stellar, but in the end we had to take a chance or stay home. Sitting on the couch seemed like a bit of a cop-out, so we settled on a 07:00 departure time from the Interlakes parking lot instead. The day dawned clear and fairly smoky as we drove to the trailhead. As we prepared for the first 4km on our bikes, we both commented that maybe we should just go back home and get on the couch. For some reason we didn't bother following this wise suggestion, and soon we were pedaling furiously along the annoyingly undulating 3.8km section of trail from the Interlakes parking lot to Invincible Creek. Despite...
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