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Topic "Dolomite (1 of 10)" started by Bill Kerr on Jul-20-2006
Topic "Dolomite (1 of 14)" started by Vern Dewit on Jul-17-2004

Topic: Dolomite (1 of 14)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2004 10:18 PM

Sonny and I headed up Dolomite Peak on Friday afternoon under a blazing sun. I really enjoyed this one and aside from some consolidated snow (i.e. ice) in the final ascent gully there were no issues. (Unless you don't like red thongs - read my trip report!)

Sonny graciously let me use his point and shoot camera for the pictures since my new digi-cam is in for warranty work (grrrr).

http://www.fresho2.com/vern/scrambles/dolomite/dolomite.php

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresho2.com

Topic: The Two Towers (2 of 14)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2004 11:58 PM

Wow, that was fast, Vern! I thought I would get my trip report up before yours.

Actually, I should make it clear that only one of the three guys was actually wearing a red thong. The other two were wearing blue and black briefs. I guess they were a little more afraid of the extra exposure! ;-)

On a lighter note, I've been having a difficult time figuring out the actual height of Dolomite Peak. Alan Kane's book says it's 2998 metres, but both the Peakfinder database and my topo map (Gem Trek's "Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing" dated 1995) says that it's only 2782 metres. Strangely enough, if you count the contour lines on the same map and do the calculations, Dolomite Peak should be at least 2865 metres. Furthermore, while Alan states an elevation gain of 1100 metres, my calculations from the topo map put that figure closer to 975 metres. Do you remember any of the figures from your altimeter, Vern?

Sonny
http://members.shaw.ca/ssbou2004/dolomite.html

Topic: The Two Towers (3 of 14)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Sunday, July 18, 2004 08:01 AM

Funny how the memory works! All I could remember was the color red... ;-)

My watch indicated that we gained around 3500 feet or so, maybe a bit more. Total elevation gain including going up and down the two towers was about 3800 feet.

BTW Sonny I have to apologize. I had two great photos of you that didn't turn out because the people at the lab buggered up my negatives. They would have been great photos - I was NOT impressed. That's why I've gone digital I guess!

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresho2.com

Topic: The Two Towers (4 of 14)
Author: Bob Spirko
Date: Sunday, July 18, 2004 10:30 AM

I can't believe you guys climbed Dolomite without helmets! I once took a girl to the hospital when a rock hit on top of her head on Mount Rae and laid it open to her blue-white skull. She had stitches and a mild concussion; it took her a few days to recover. On Mt. Stephen I was going up large talus when some rocks moved under my feet: in an instance I spun upside down and landed on my head, but I was wearing a helmet.

When I did Dolomite Peak last year, my GPS receiver/altimeter registered 2998 m with a 1066 m gain.

In searching for a way up the third peak, I saw the crack you went up but decided to look for an easier way up. We continued along the ledge to the backside of the third peak. With the second peak behind us, we used ledges to climb straight up to the summit. It was probably no better or worse then the crack, but it was more "airy" then the crack and probably more photogenic.



Topic: The Two Towers (5 of 14)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 08:15 AM

I hessitate to say this, but I might know the guys in Sonny's picture. The guy in the blue helmet might be Kevin Papke, and if that's really Kevin, the other guy would be Roy Stadlewiser. I'll do some checking.


Dave Stephens
www.dave-stephens.com

Topic: The Two Towers (6 of 14)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 09:53 AM

I had a funny feeling they might get recognized! I don't think they expected to run into anyone - especially that late in the day on that peak...

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresho2.com

Topic: The Two Towers (7 of 14)
Author: Frank Nelson
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 01:06 PM

That's more than a little disturbing. I don't know what I'd say to them... even if they were girls my age, I'd still be at a loss of words!
Frank

Topic: The Two Towers (8 of 14)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 01:01 PM

Dave, did you mean the blue helmet (both guys in the photo are wearing blue helmets) or the blue briefs? Funny how distracting the red thong is, eh? :-)

Sonny
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ssbou

Topic: The Two Towers (9 of 14)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 03:23 PM

Yeah. It is distracting. That's for sure. I'm 90% sure the guy in the blue panties is Kevin and the other guy is Kevin's climbing partner, Roy. I've sent Kevin and email asking him if it's really him, but I haven't heard back. I climbed Mon's Peak with Roy, and I compared stickers on his blue helmet in my pictures and the one on your site, and I'm pretty sure that's who it is.

Dave Stephens
www.dave-stephens.com

Topic: The Two Towers (10 of 14)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004 07:27 PM

Dave, I checked out your photos of Roy on your Mons Peak trip, and I'm inclined to believe that that wasn't him on Dolomite Peak. The three guys that Vern and I met looked pretty young (closer to Frank's age, maybe even younger). Furthermore, the two in my photo bailed out before the summit and said that they weren't too experienced. I'd like to think that someone who has climbed Mons Peak wouldn't chicken out on Dolomite Peak especially so close to the summit.

If you want, I can send you my original 1200x1600 photo (~2 MB) so you can examine their faces (and other parts ;-)) more closely.

Sonny
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ssbou

Topic: The Two Towers (11 of 14)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 06:21 AM

No thanks on the bigger image. I don't need to see that up close.


Dave Stephens
www.dave-stephens.com

Topic: The Two Towers (12 of 14)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 01:50 PM

Kevin Papke is on holidays with his family out of the area so that cannot be him or Roy. I have seen guys doing this before in the heat and it was always guys from europe who have different ideas about modesty. I cannot imagine why any guy would want to wear a thong, let alone show it off!

Topic: Dolomite (13 of 14)
Author: Steve Tober
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 03:08 PM

Too Funny. A few years ago my wife and I were heading up EORR on a hot morning and she had forgotten shorts and a tank top and so she just climbed in her underwear/bra, but if anyone had come along, she would have put her clothes on quite quickly. You mean these guys didn't carry other clothing with them or just chose to "make a statement"?

Topic: Dolomite (14 of 14)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 05:37 PM

These guys left their packs further down near the wide basin below the mouth of the gully, so I guess they were probably trying to make a statement although their original plan of having a group (or grope?) photo at the top sorta fell apart. And they weren't European; they said they were from Calgary. Let's hear it for the locals, eh!

Sonny Bou
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ssbou

Topic: Dolomite (1 of 10)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 07:15 PM

Gary and I did Dolomite on Wed.
Pics at website.

bill.kerr@shaw.ca
http://www.billkerr.ca

Topic: Dolomite (2 of 10)
Author: Frank Nelson
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 02:48 AM

heh, you guys are probably starting to stumble onto our asinine register comments;)
Frank

Topic: Dolomite (3 of 10)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 08:03 AM

Nice photo of Gary with his head between his legs! Good job, Bill.

And anyone checking out Frank's photos of his Dolomite trip might want to avert their eyes when they get to the last pic... :-O

Sonny

Topic: Dolomite (4 of 10)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 09:44 AM

Apparently Dolomite is so much fun you just want to dance around half (or 3/4) naked at the summit!!! ;-)

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresh-oxygen.com

Topic: Dolomite (5 of 10)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 10:00 AM

Lol, that photo of Gary cracked me up too! :-) Congrats Bill and Gary (Frank and naked company as well).

Dolomite looks like tremendous fun (.. talking about the scrambling here..), but I never realized how loose it was until I saw some of your shots, Bill.

Linda Breton
http://scramblesandrambles.150m.com/scrambles.htm

Email: peaksdarkandbright@yahoo.ca

Topic: Dolomite (6 of 10)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 10:40 AM

Frank - yeah there were some strange comments in the register. Sounded like a dating service. I remember Sonny and Vern's surprise at seeing guys in their shorts(thongs) scrambling so I got the joke on your last picture. No picture of the girls?
When Gary was downclimbing off tower 4, I told him to turn and look at me so I could take a picture and he looked between his legs so I took the pic anyway.
Linda - There is some really loose stuff in the gulleys and on the ledges. Smaller groups are better. We did kick one small 2 foot piece off a ledge which created a mini avalanche which caused a bar fridge sized rock to go over a cliff and we could see it going end over end for 2-300 m below us on the scree. Lucky no one else was around.

bill.kerr@shaw.ca
http://www.billkerr.ca

Topic: Dolomite (7 of 10)
Author: Frank Nelson
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 11:08 AM

Yeah, we're tired of the same run of the mill entries in the registers, so we've decided to make people do a double take on our entries.
As for Dolomite... it was fun, the only taxing part was trying not to induce rockfall. And who knows, maybe those pics will make another guidebook cover;)


Frank

Topic: Dolomite (8 of 10)
Author: Mountain Ninja
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 12:24 PM

What a coincidence! So many people from this board have done the Dolomite Peak last week. Unfortunately, when I did it a week ago on thursday, I didn`t have such a beautiful sunny weather as you guys. It started snowing (yes, snowing!) when I made the summit (I still can`t believe I actually summitted the Dolomite Peak in those nasty conditions). The funny thing was that the weather forecast was calling for sunshine. They weren`t even close! I`ll try to post the pictures from my Dolomite trip soon. I just can`t seem to find the time to update my site.

Raff


Topic: Updating Web Pages (9 of 10)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 01:02 PM

Yeah,I know what you mean, Raff. Doing so much scrambling leaves hardly any time to do trip reports and pictures. And with great weather every weekend, the tendency is to go out to the mountains rather than sit at home in front of the computer.

Sonny

P.S. Welcome back, Vern. How was your vacation? Did you go canoeing?

Topic: Updating Web Pages (10 of 10)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 05:47 PM

Raff - we tried to do dolomite last Friday and it was raining so we decided to do it Wed. It was interesting to see your entry and Frank's(and group) all in the last week given how there were no entries before July.


bill.kerr@shaw.ca
http://www.billkerr.ca