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Mount Yamuska

On the third day of May long weekend, I woke up under a cloudy sky. Grotto, Rundle, Cascade, and Lawrence Grassi were even covered in clouds. In this condition, I was a bit short of motivation and ambition. I abandoned the idea of doing Gap to Fable traverse and chose to ascend Yamuska instead. If you're going here in a weekend day, make sure arrive early...
Kane's book has an excellent route information. The east to west traverse serves the best scree run on descent. However, I would rate the crux step moderate. If you want to down climb, it's definitely a moderate scramble; if you choose the cable route, then it's quite exposed. Not far up, I passed a large Korean group. The leader is Yang, a fellow ACC Edmonton section member, who are going to do rock climb on the following weekend with SIM Course. Small world!! Near the crux, watch for cairns, after the cable section you have to descent a bit to traverse around a cliff band. Other than that, it's quite straightforward. If you have been doing bigger peaks, you will be surprised how short this mountain is. I stayed on the summit for a long time while chatting with other fellow scramblers. The descent via west side offers the longest scree ski that I've done. While traversing below the impressive face, watch for climbers above.
Even though I was doing it at a very slow pace, I still made back to car at 2pm... Oh well, that's too early to call for a day, I decided to head to Baldy for an afternoon ascent.

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Yam's impressive face
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Yam's impressive face
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On Yam's shoulder
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On Yam's shoulder
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A crack
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A crack
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Wendell
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Wendell
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The crux traverse
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The crux traverse
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Looking back to the crux
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Terrain just after the crux
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Terrain just after the crux
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Another group checking out the crux
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Another group checking out the crux
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CMC Valley
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CMC Valley
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The prairie, from summit
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The prairie, from summit
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The prairie, from summit
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Goat Mountain
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Goat Mountain
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Morrowmount
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Wendell Mountain
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Wendell Mountain
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Looking way down the SW side
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The impressive face
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Look into Kananaskis Valley
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Look into Kananaskis Valley
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Wendell Mountain
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End & Association
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Morrowmount
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Hassel Castle
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Hassel Castle
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Mt Lougheed
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My entry
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The register
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Goat Mountain
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Goat Mountain
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Descending
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Around the west corner
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Impressive face
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Climbers above
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Getting ready for the scree run
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Super long scree run
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Scree run
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