Mount Carthew
Waterton, Alberta
June 8, 2004

Waterton is notorious for it's high winds and we were unfortunate to experience them on Mount Carthew. Dinah and I were buffeted by strong head winds as we descended from the summit. Despite running downhill on good scree, wind gusts hit us with such force that we were stopped in mid-stride and then forced step by step backward uphill! It was like hitting a wall while running at full speed!

Other than our experience with the wind, our ascent was mostly a hike although the shortcut to the southwest ridge that's described in the Scrambles book added interest.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


Hiking up the trail


Taking the shortcut. Look for a grass corridor that extends down the trail just before a cliff band,
about 10 minutes from Summit Lake
.


Within minutes the rock stacks come into view


Cameron Lake


Some interesting landscape here


Rock stacks


From the rocks we contoured left because of cliff bands


Looking back at outcrop that we had go around


Regaining the ridge. False summit appears ahead.


Hiking on lingering snow


Still on the shortcut, heading to the false summit


True summit comes into view


Mount Alderson


On the summit


Heading back

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