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:
-> Buchanan Peak
-> Buchanan Ridge
-> Mt. Carthew
Our overall car to car time was 11.75hrs.
(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.
(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
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.