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Mount Galatea
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 12, 2003

Mount Galatea offers some Interesting scrambling near the top, but it's a long haul to get to it.

Following the trail to Chester Lake, Dinah and I, along with Wayne and Lori, continued past the lake to catch a trail that turns north. After passing Elephant Rocks, the trail leads to a high valley. We made our way to a scree pile at the base of Galatea. At the top of the scree, we ascended a gully briefly to get on a broad scree slope. After a long scree slog, we reached a point just below the ridge where we faced the first of a few obstacles en route to the summit. To surmount them, we stayed below the ridge crest until just before the summit.

The route-finding was more challenging than I expected. I can see that in snow or even wet conditions, some sections would be treacherous, but we climbed Galatea in dry conditions and had no difficulty reaching the summit.

KML and GPX Tracks

We left the meadows behind

The ascent begins in the gully and then heads up a scree slope to the ridge above

Looking back at the vast scree basin we had to cross

A waterfall in the gully

Starting up the scree slope

Looking back down the slope

More scree

The tarns are far below us

Serious drop on the right

The long climb up the scree slope gives way to our first obstacle. The summit is on the left.

There's quite a bit of scrambling before you reach the summit

Looking back at Wayne and Lori ascending

Almost at the summit

A narrow ridge leads to the summit cairn

Heading back along the ridge from the summit

Dinah comes down a short cliff band


Scooting down the steepest section on the descent

Back on the scree. The summit is the point on the left.

We're glad to reach solid rock lower down

Back in the gully at the base of the mountain

82 J/14 Spray Lakes

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