This is the best scramble I've done so far in Waterton (I have yet to do Mount Crandell via Bear's Hump, however). Although it doesn't sport the views of, say, Hawkins Horseshoe, Mount Galwey offers some good hands-on climbing. The first time I climbed it years ago, I vowed to return with a camera. And so I did.
Oddly, I found the crux – the traverse – much easier years ago when I was less experienced. Assuming I'm no less confident with scrambling, possibly the cliff band has degraded over the years, perhaps from use, and the ledges are now smaller. But like my first ascent, I had trouble finding the way up to the summit from the window. The path of the least resistance is actually a chimney left of the window.
MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
Hiking up the lower slopes
Some wild scenery can be found on the lower slope
Mount Galwey from the abutting ridge
Looking back along the ridge, Mount Crandell is on the left
A trail cuts in the scree on the left and leads to the skyline ridge (mouse over for a close up)
Nearing the top of the scree slope
After angling up the slope the south peak comes into view
Near the top of the gully. Note the yellow lichen and the mushroom rock.
Looking east at Bellevue Hill
The crux: traversing on small ledges to the window
Looking back at the traverse from below the window
Dinah scrambles up to the window
I reached the window (mouse over to see the backside)
Left of the window, we ascended a chimney to the summit
Coming down from the summit
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