The Fist
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 31, 2004

We attempted The Fist the previous year but a sudden 45-minute rainstorm left us
completely soaked and the rocks slippery so we had to abort. This time we had good
weather and topped the summit without incident.

The Fist is an enjoyable scramble. The exposure is easy to take as it's not in your face.
Downclimbing the gully was the most challenging part.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
KML Track


The Fist seen from Spray Lakes Road


Pleasant hiking along Commonwealth Creek before leaving the trail.


Starting up the drainage. The Fist is on the right.


Looking down the drainage


Stopping to admire the wildflowers


From the col, the gully appears almost directly above me


Getting closer to the gully. The tunnel on the left is easily reached.


Looking back at Mount Smuts


Behind is Commonwealth Peak


Entering the gully


Climbing up the gully


Topping out of the gully


Dinah reaches the skyline notch


Scrambling below the summit


On the summit


Coming down from the summit, we were very careful here because of the exposure: a slip here
would likely be fatal. Tryst Lake below. (Click for a larger)


Heading back down to notch (left of Dinah)


It's a tight squeeze in spots in the gully


Dinah appears unconcerned despite the drop below her in the gully


My turn to come down


On the way back we check out the tunnel. Mouse over to view the back door.


The last downclimb before the col is easier than it looks


Back on the col


82 J/14 Spray Lakes

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