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The Fist
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 31, 2004

Dinah and I 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 above.


Looking down the drainage


Stopping to admire the wildflowers


From the col, the gully appears 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


Here the gully is straight and narrow


Near the end of the gully


Topping out of the gully


Dinah reaches the skyline notch


Scrambling below the summit


On the summit


Coming down the crux


We were careful here as a fall would likely be fatal. Tryst Lake below. (Click for a larger)


Heading back to the notch (immediately left of Dinah)


Dinah appears unconcerned despite the drop below her in the gully


My turn to come down


It's a tight squeeze in spots in the gully


On the way back we checked out the tunnel (mouse over to view out the back)


Heading back, the downclimb before the col is easier than it looks


Back on the col


82 J/14 Spray Lakes

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