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Narao Peak | 2013-07-13

Narao Peak
  • Location: Yoho National Park
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,974 m (9,758 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,450 m (4,757 ft)
  • Distance: 14.3 km / Loop (8.9 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.5°
  • Estimated Time: 7-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Hard

My second attempt to Narao Peak. I don't know how book approaches this peak, but I used the same route from previous trips in winter.

Approach:
The crux might be right here at the parking lot to find a spot. About 2.1 km from the parking, I came to a trail with a trail sign (but not in Gem Trek map). I followed the trail for 900 m then went off-trail and started to gain elevation. Unlike winter time, the approach slope was bushy and wasn't as easy going as winter time (page 2). Once out of trees, I simply slog up rubble slope to get to the ridge (page 4).

Traverse:
The ridge was easy for lower part. As I went higher there were few spots that required some scrambling. Then there was 1 spot where I had to get off the ridge and traverse side slope and a ledge to get around. Finding the place to traverse is easy because there was a pinnacle right in front of troublesome rockband (page 9 & 10).

True Summit:
The true summit is not the one with cairn. It's the one without a cairn and which is the farthest peak. Don't know why some people decided to confuse others.

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Bushwhacking!

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I was hoping the weather stays like this, but later on cloud coverage increased more than I hoped

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After bushy bushwhacking, piles of rubble slope awaits for me.

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Mount Hector.

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Mount Vaux.

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Getting close to peaks near Lake Louise.

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Chimney on the right.

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Twin peaks of Narao. Farther one is the true summit, not the closer one with cairn. This is where I had to go right to side slope to ledge to avoid rockband. There is a pinnacle in front of the rockband which you can't tell with this angle. See next page.

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The pinnacle.

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After going around the rockband. Now I had to get back up on ridge.

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Clouds became darker and darker… Where is my sun?

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False summit view.

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True summit view. Mouseover for peak pointers.

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Mount Cathedral in the middle.

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Little Yoho area.

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Ohhhhh sun light after I already started descend.

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I decided to take this avalanche gully for descent. Wasn't great though.

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