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Squaw's Tit

I wasn't expected to do another ascent though, drove back to Canmore, and refilled energy with a large fries in MacDonald. I sit beside the west facing window, eating while keeping an eye on the familiar mountains - Three Sisters, Ship's Prow, Lawrence Grassi, Miners & Ha Ling, East End of Rundle. After a quick shower, the sky cleared, totally cleared... That was something I didn't expect. Quickly finishing the lunch, I soon drove to the Info Center, and the weather forecast still said for cloudy with thunder showers... I totally ignored the forecast and my logic was, even just doing a hike was better than staying in MacDonald wasting time. Squaw's Tit jumped into my head very soon. I gave Neil Jones a message to see if he was available, but he was doing a climbing course, so I started the evening scramble solo.

Starting at Harvie Heights, I soon found a trail system leading uphill. I followed the signed Tibits Quarry Trail to the end, crossed the drainage, and started the bushwhacking. There was supposed to be a trail, or precisely, a beaten path, leading uphill, but I was too lazy to try finding it. The bush wasn't too thick either. With good attitude, I soon standing at the treeline, looking down to Bow Valley with BLUE sky above. From here to the top of the triangle shaped base (the start of the ridge) was quite a bit tedious due to scree. I tried to use the solid slab for as much as I could. Once on the ridge, you gonna be surprised about how much of hands-on scrambling involved. However, nothing too exposed nor difficult. There was just one spot of completely slab with exposure and no good holds. I would rate this step a difficult scramble and everything else moderate. The base traverse below the summit nipple was bone dry, and imposed no difficult to me. After 2 hours 20min leaving the car, I was standing on the summit of Squaw's Tit, looking towards the impressive west face of Mount Charles Stewart. I wonder if there is a scramble route up (the true peak). I stayed on the summit for about 15min. On the way down, I enjoyed watching near-sunset over Mount Cory direction, at the treeline. Further down, I stayed more towards skier's right for better scree run, and even found a trail leading down. This trail ended in the drainage with high flow. Except for doing a tens of crossings, there was no real difficulty, but I still got my right foot boot wet...

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The summit nipple
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The summit nipple
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Squaw's Tit
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Squaw's Tit
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The approach trail
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The approach trail
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Cross the creek bed
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Cross the creek bed
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Near treeline
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Near treeline
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So the scrambling begins
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So the scrambling begins
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Slabby terrain
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Slabby terrain
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Slabby terrain
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Slabby terrain
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The summit nipple
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The summit nipple
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Traversing on climber's left
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Traversing on climber's left
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Climbing gears
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Climbing gears
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Typical terrain
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Typical terrain
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Rundle & Bow Valley
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Rundle & Bow Valley
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Mount Charles Stewart N & S
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Mount Charles Stewart N & S
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Mt. Charles Stewart South
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Mt. Charles Stewart South
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Mount Peechee
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Mount Peechee
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Mount Lady MacDonald
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Mount Lady MacDonald
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Lougheed & Three Sisters
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Lougheed & Three Sisters
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Mount Lawrence Grassi
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Mount Lawrence Grassi
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Rundle & Cascade
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Rundle & Cascade
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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The register
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The register
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My entry
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My entry
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Mount Charles Stewart
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Mount Charles Stewart
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Mt. Charles Stewart South
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Mt. Charles Stewart South
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Three Sisters
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Three Sisters
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Mt. Lawrence Grassi
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Mt. Lawrence Grassi
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Photos taken by Steven