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Topic "Mount Lorette (1 of 3)" started by Marko Stavric on Jun-02-2009
Topic "Lorette (1 of 16)" started by Deleted User on Apr-24-2005
Topic "Lorette (1 of 12)" started by Vern Dewit on Mar-27-2006

Topic: Lorette (1 of 12)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, March 27, 2006 07:58 PM

On Saturday, March 25 I scrambled up the climbers descent route on Mount Lorette.

It was actually a much nicer scramble than I was expecting, with the summit ridge providing some nice exposure. It was also more height gain, I was expecting around 900m but it was closer to 1200.

http://www.fresho2.com/vern/scrambles/lorette/lorette.html

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

Topic: Lorette (2 of 12)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Monday, March 27, 2006 08:14 PM

Vern, I was thinking the same thing this weekend! Lol. I was at the gully on Sunday, though I didn't climb it due to various excuses. I couldn't believe how dry the gully was in your photos - it was really white on Sunday, and the upper ridge looked plastered. Congrats, and great report!

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

Email: peaksdarkandbright@yahoo.ca

Topic: Lorette (3 of 12)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Monday, March 27, 2006 09:19 PM

Well done Vern and nice photos. Love the cornice and upper ridge shots. The reflection in your sunglasses in definitely one of the most original and creative photos we�ve ever seen. Keep up the good work.

Andrew

Topic: Lorette (4 of 12)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, March 27, 2006 10:15 PM

Great job and congrats, Vern. Did you need to use your crampons at any point, or was the snow soft enough to tramp through?

Sonny

Topic: Lorette (5 of 12)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 07:11 AM

If the ridge had any more snow on it I would have traversed beneath it, and for that I would have needed crampons. The few times that I did encounter any appreciable amounts of snow on the upper mountain it was as hard as ice.

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

Topic: Lorette (6 of 12)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 09:15 AM

Well done Vern and good pics as always. The lefthand gully has some slabs in it and is looser, wetter and steeper than the right one which is why the right one has the most used trail.

Topic: Lorette (7 of 12)
Author: Dave MacDonald
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:29 PM

Excellent photos Vern....loved the cornice shots. I was also surprised by how dry it was, even Moose & Heart Mountain had a fair bit of snow still just in the past few weeks...

Dave MacDonald

http://macdonald.typepad.com

Topic: Lorette (8 of 12)
Author: Jp S
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 04:02 PM

great trip report. It looked like a pretty interesting scramble - I wonder why it didn't make into Kane's book?

jp

Topic: Lorette (9 of 12)
Author: Mountain Ninja
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:33 PM

Good job, Vern and fantastic photos, as always. It`s good to see you back in action! How long did it take you to do Lorette?

Raff

Topic: Lorette (10 of 12)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 07:07 AM

Thanks Raff, It took me about 2.5 hours up and I think about the same to come back down! I was so busy taking photos and relaxing on the way down that I took just as long.

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

Topic: Lorette (11 of 12)
Author: Rob Eastick
Date: Sunday, April 02, 2006 07:47 AM

Is that a cloud bank over Calgary in the distance of the panorama shot? Very interesting.

Topic: Lorette (12 of 12)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Sunday, April 02, 2006 09:36 AM

Yes - I believe it was.

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

Topic: Lorette (1 of 16)
Author: Deleted User
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 01:17 AM

Lorette is in. Near perfect conditions today. What a rush! Lots of (soft/wet) snow in scree gully (can not glisade on it though).

p.s. how is it pronounced? Lor-a-tee or Lor-et

Topic: Lorette (2 of 16)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 08:25 AM

I pronounce it "lor-ret". I've never heard the other pronounciation.



Dave Stephens
www.dave-stephens.com

Topic: Lorette (3 of 16)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:12 AM

No glissade?! ;)

Do you have a website, Van? I noticed you did Northover last year, that would be cool to see.

Linda Breton

Topic: Lorette (4 of 16)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:24 AM

Did you walk/bike the powerline or cross the river and was there any snow on the upper part of the ridge or at the summit?

Topic: Lorette (5 of 16)
Author: Deleted User
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:21 PM

Dave, my French speaking neighbor also informed me it is pronounced Lorrrrret (roll those r's)

Linda, sorry, no pictures, no web site.
Check out Drew and Mark's site for photos.
http://earth.prohosting.com/drew42/lorette.html

Interesting enough I also went off route and had a similar problem getting back on route as they did.

Don't try the SE ridge unless you are feeling up to it, the weather is with you, and prey your hand holds don't give.

Bill, I simply (removed my socks) and waded across the river with my MEC boots on. I didn't realize they act like a sponge and take for ever to dry. Next time I'll use an old pair of running shoes. There was a tiny bit of snow in the shady areas with evidence of an earlier solo climber leaving his/her foot prints. Perhaps two days earlier?

Approx. 4 hrs up, 1.5 down.
Overall it was a SCREAM!




Topic: Lorette (6 of 16)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:23 PM

Congrats Van! Was this a solo scramble or more of a roped climb?

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresho2.com

Topic: Lorette (7 of 16)
Author: Deleted User
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:43 PM

Vern, I did it 'solo scramble', although there were a few spots I wish someone had left some protection. There is fairly big exposure all along the upper ridge, (both sides).

I just noticed Drew and Mark's web site has the same e-mail address as our Andrew Nagaro, hmmmm?

Once at the summit it appears the ridge goes north and west to Mt McGillvary. Has anyone thought about/done it?


Topic: Lorette (8 of 16)
Author: Deleted User
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 12:00 AM

Sorry, that should be Andrew 'Nugara'.

Topic: Lorette (9 of 16)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 06:40 AM

I think the traverse you're referring to is the Heart Mtn to Lorette traverse. I know of a few guys that want to try it, but I don't know of anybody who has been there.

As for Andrew and Drew, not only do they have the same email address, but they look a like too!!! :-)


Dave Stephens
www.dave-stephens.com

Topic: Lorette (10 of 16)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 09:03 AM

Yeah, but I'm much better-looking than that other guy.

Andrew (Drew)

PS. Congratulations on Collie and Andromeda, Dave. Your skiing prowess makes me green with envy.

Way to go on Lorette, Van. Doing that route as a scramble is quite an accomplishment as far as I'm concerned.

Topic: Lorette (11 of 16)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 09:59 AM

Well, I did the easy part of the Heart-Lorette traverse a couple weeks ago...lol. The Twin Towers(GR322538) lie on that ridge. And looking off to the next highpoint, it looked very doable, especially for someone not bonking. The scenery is outstanding from the ridge, I have to go back!

Andrew, you've done McGillivray...have you been down the ridge a ways to Lorette? ( Yes, you are the better looking one.)

Linda Breton

Topic: Lorette (12 of 16)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 11:55 AM

Mark and I came up a little short of the McGillivray summit. We got through the climbing sections but ran out of daylight. I know that it is possible to traverse from Lorette to the unnamed highpoint between Lorette and McGillivray and then onto McGillivray and down to the Trans-Canada or in reverse (however, the reverse would mean using Lorette�s easy descent route and missing out of the �fun?� of the exposed ridge). Of course, you would need two cars.

I haven�t heard of a Lorrete/Heart traverse. Following in Linda�s footsteps, I did the extension of Heart Mountain yesterday and as I recall there was a huge buttress blocking the route to Lorrette (I could be wrong about this, I�ll check my photos later today).

Hats off to you Linda, for doing that downclimb enroute to the first summit of the Heart Mountain extension. I took one look at it, pulled out 10 m of rope from my backpack and rappelled down. I may have been in the wrong place, but there was flagging in two trees right on the slope and flagging at the bottom.

Andy (are we confused yet?!)

Topic: Lorette (13 of 16)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 12:12 PM

Yay! I'm glad you got out there. There was flagging where I climbed down, that sounds right. The buttress looked like it could be passed to the right on a bit of ledge, it's exposed...I just looked at the photos myself. I'm up for trying, if I can make it without bonking.

Linda Breton

Topic: Lorette (14 of 16)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 10:13 PM

Looked at my photos from last year and there is a large buttress along the ridge to the peak that connects to lorette. The easiest way would be to the left. I put up a few picks on the website. If you click on the panorama pic and then click again on it, then you will get it full size. The panaorama shows the whole traverse to mcgillvary.
www.billkerr.ca/gallery/

Topic: Lorette (15 of 16)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 11:30 PM

That's a great panorama! It's also a better angle than mine, thanks for putting that up.

Linda Breton

Topic: Lorette (16 of 16)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 05:12 PM

Hi Van,

I've actually been meaning to ask you if you ever managed to get up Warrior and/or Cordonnier after bagging Northover last summer. If so, I'm curious about which route you chose.

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

Topic: Mount Lorette (1 of 3)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 07:04 AM

Another beautiful weekend for scrambling and the snow seems to be melting fast. We went up the gully. It was a pretty tedious scree ascent, but there was some fun scrambling along the ridge. Combining it with Skogan Peak would balance out this approach, but we didn't have time to do both. Here are some photos:

http://markostavric.fotki.com/2009/20090531/


Topic: Mount Lorette (2 of 3)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 07:31 AM

Looks like you had a nice day. Any ticks? :-)

Vern Dewit
http://www.explor8ion.com
http://verndewit.com/

Topic: Mount Lorette (3 of 3)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 01:43 PM

No ticks this time. I think they're all on Opal Ridge. On Opal I pulled 4 out of my friend's hair. She then panicked and went to the gas station bathroom where she found two more under her shirt. I had 3 on my clothes and 2 on my backpack.