Grotto Mountain (direct route)
Kananaskis, Alberta
March 13, 2004

Grotto Mountain provides a good workout in early season when other peaks are still snowbound. I've been up it a few times using both the ACC route and the direct route. Here Dinah and I climbed it using the direct route which stays right of the massive gully system. It's steeper than the ACC route, but the immense cliffs make it more interesting.

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Grotto Mountain from the highway


View of the summit before we crossed over to the ridge on the right


Looking south at The Three Sisters


One of the steeper sections


Halfway up the slope we came across this memorial


Hiking along the cliffs


Looking back


Looking across the huge basin


The summit is ahead


We followed the edge of the canyon while heading toward the summit


The scree slope begins at the treeline


The last part was a slog


Almost on the ridge


Hiking along the ridge to the summit


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