The Big Traverse was on my list for a while, and I'm glad to finally find partners for it. Neil Jones and Tyler have recently done two impressive traverses: Lawson to Inflexible to Kent Ridge North; Indefatigable to Invincible to Warspite, while I've just finished the hardest scrambles in Kane List: Northover and Smuts, so we also very wanted to know how difficult are those.
I forgot to charge my camera battery the previous evening, so I didn't leave Edmonton until almost 9:30pm... Well, I just drove directly to Evan Thomas Trailhead and sleep. This TH reminds me the lengthy foggy approach to Fisher Peak one month ago, not a mountain I'd like to repeat. Anyway, three of us met at this TH 6AM the next morning. We somehow squeezed in Neil's car and got to Kananaskis Village turnoff. Locating the TH for Wasootch was the first crux of the day. It was much further north (about 50m north of the turnoff for the least). We didn't want to use headlamp so we waited until 6:50 to start the day.
The trail isn't shown on any map, but to our surprise, it's very well maintained. I guess it's due to the popularity of this mountain. The trail follows the left hand side of the major drainage but eventually veers left and aim for Wasootch Peak. Near the treeline, we got excellent view of Kananaskis Valley and the mountains on the other side.
Getting up Wasootch Peak is probably just a little bit harder than Ha Ling. It has one rock band but other than that, it's a highway to the top. It took us 1 hour 40min to get there. I'm glad we got the most significant elevation gain in the shade, as it was forecasted to be a hot day.
We didn't bother to do the lower north summit, instead immediately went down towards Wasootch - Kananaskis col. Right after the summit, there's moderate scrambling involved. I assume you can avoid those bands but if you have trouble here, you won't like Kananskis Peak. So I guess you want to do a bit of warm-up here. There's more elevation loss than anticipated and we dipped below treeline actually. We had to do some brief bushwhacking at the col. Don't worry, there'll be more bushwhacking at the end of the day...