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.
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
Some interesting landscape here
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
On the summit
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