Mount Galatea

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Mount Galatea
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,185 m (10,450 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,280 m (4,200 ft)
  • Distance: 18.8 km / Round Trip (11.7 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 7.8°
  • Estimated Time: 6-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.1a (but avoidable then advanced)
  • Fitness Level: Hard
For the second time I joined COC scramble event, which was coordinated by Ben. We parked our cars at the humongous Chester Parking lot where you can play soccer if you wish.

My GPS gone wild!!, I didn’t get accurate reading from this trip so please use my GPS track for general directions. A good news is Chester Lake trail is very popular and it’s impossible to get lost. The access route was in my opinion the best part of this trip. Chester Lake, Elephant Rocks, and Three Lakes Valley… What a beautiful place!! I totally totally TOTALLY LOVED IT.

To me ascent of Galatea lacked of scrambling for mountain which rated difficult, however the view was worth doing this one. Most of the way up was boring and steep rubble slope. The rocks were very unstable even the big rocks, I had to step with care. There were two ways to the summit. My way was to get to the east ridge first near summit (page 18). This way there were 3 rock bands to scramble. By finding weakness of these bands, you should be able to scramble without exposure or too much challenge. The other way was stay on slope and aim the summit directly. This way you can bypass the three rock bands as they don’t exist at lower elevation. Near the summit slope becomes steeper. However, Ben came up this way even with snow covered condition, so it should be ok.

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The weather was somewhat the same from the day before. Cloudy…

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Calm morning at Chester Lake.

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Elephant Rocks.

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The first of three lakes.

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Again pretty refrection.

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Little higher. At treeline.

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Must have been cucumber.

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Three Lake Valley. What a beautiful place.

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British Military Group under clouds behind.

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Must have been mandarin orange.

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On ascent of Galatea, we separated into 2 groups. Those who prefer rubble and those who prefer snow. Ben, Andrea, and Gerry on snow.

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Looking down the valley and the last lake of three lakes.

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First time to see Andrea wearing helmet. The hottest chick with helmet on (。ё_ё。 ).

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Rubble masters, Aarmaan, Dobby and me.

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What a view!!

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Huge drop on north face. I almost fell ヾ(´ε`;)ゝ.

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From east ridge looking at the way to the summit.

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Let scramble begin!!

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Gerry almost at the summit.

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Aarmaan at summit. He's 69 and still does scramble. Stella do you hear me? He's 69 and still does scramble. He's 69 and still does scramble. He's 69 and still does scramble. Sorry readers, I always have to repeat 4 times in order to Stealla, my Canadian mom, to understand me.

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Andrea taking pictures from the summit.

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Going back. Dobby on the ridge.

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Everyone took snow, I wanted to downclimb so I went back to east ridge.

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Pretty color.

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In afternoon, weather improved.

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British Military Group. Mouseover.

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First time seeing sun in last 3 hikes.

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Friendly baby marmots.


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