Hike Camp and Travel
Mt. Carthew 2636m/8650'

Scrambling with the RMB Peakbaggers

Area: Waterton Lakes
Height gain: 1000m/3280'
Ascent date: Sep 24, 2005
Ascent time: 2:00hrs From Buchanan Ridge
Descent time: 1:45hrs Back to Cameron Lake
Comment: Moderate scramble for this traverse

Mt. Carthew
When I learned that my group's scramble was not gonna happen, I immediately focused on details on the RMB webboard for the RMB Peakbaggers' planned traverse.
I arrived early morning in Waterton hoping that the plan was still to meet at Cameron Lake. I was very excited but also very nervous, because nobody knew that I was coming. I thought maybe they stopped sending messages on the webboard and continued their communication via email. I was afraid I might have missed a change of plan. Soon, I was greeted by Linda Breton and more and more people started ariving. I was relieved that the plan was still on.
I introduced myself, and they were nice enough to include me as part of their team on this trip despite my unexpected arrival.

Here's the itinerary for this trip:
Mt. Alderson -> Buchanan Peak -> Buchanan Ridge -> Mt. Carthew

Our overall car to car time was 11.75hrs.
Traverse route to Mt. Carthew from Buchanan Ridge The very tempting ascent to the summit of Mt. Carthew Looking back to Buchanan Ridge
(1) This is our traverse route to Mt. Carthew from Buchanan Ridge.
(2) Vern and I went ahead to check the feasibility of the rock band. The first rock was safe and a fun scramble, but the second rock (below green dot) didn't seem safe at all.
We made a safe decision to avoid it and do a longer approach instead.
(3) Looking back to Buchanan Ridge, we waved an ok signal to Kelly and James. They simply followed our path to the traverse.
The horrible slope of Mt. Carthew On the summit of Mt. Carthew Leaving Mt. Carthew
(1) This is Vern on the final horrible, horrible slope of Mt. Carthew. I wish I had trek poles.
(2) On the summit of Mt. Carthew in 2hrs from Buchanan Ridge. Our fourth and last summit of the day. It deserves a good rest, a good cheer, and lungs full of fresh air.
These loose rocks made it so horrible to ascend this summit.
(3) Leaving Mt. Carthew
Descending back to Carthew Pass James on the ridge crest On Buchanan Peak
We descended via the "regular" ascent route, back to Carthew Pass. We scree-skied straight down the slope to the Alderson-Carthew Trail.
Our time back to the car was 1:45hrs.


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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S