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Waputik Peak (attempt)
Banff National Park, Alberta
June 22, 2002

I read a vague account that indicated Waputik Peak could be reached using the Bath Creek Trail. Gert, Dinah and I started up the trail only to find it was largely overgrown and full of deadfall from disuse. We soon left the trail and headed up the ridge. On the way up, we discovered a tarn, a surprise since it's not on the map. We gained the ridge but the vertical rock before the peak was insurmountable. We climbed to the top of a false summit where I took a panorama. Instead of returning the same way, we dropped down a scree slope to Bath Creek.

Obviously we left the trail prematurely. Had we stayed on the trail longer we likely would have reached the summit without difficulty.

Postscript: We returned and made the summit in 2011.


The south end of Waputik Peak from the highway


Interesting terrain after leaving the trail


Hiking up the slope


This beautiful tarn is not on the map


Ascending above the tarn


We reached the ridge


Mount Bosworth


The ridge proved to be rugged


We're unable to drop down the other side of this point (Gert appears in the centre)


The summit (far right) is some distance away


We dropped directly down to the trail


Along the trail we found rusted mining equipment and this decrepit cabin


82 N/8 Lake Louise

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