Smuts, Mount


Trip Details
Attained Summit?: 
Trip Date: 
Saturday, August 6, 2005
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If you go off route you quickly get into 5.3 terrain. Descent is also low 5th class and very loose.

Trip Report

On a early (0430) August 6 2005 morning, I joined Dave Stephens and Blair Piggot on a full day trip to scramble Mount Smuts and The Fist in Kananaskis Country. Blair and Dave do a lot of mountaineering and climbing trips together and every once in a while Dave manages to sucker Blair into a scramble.


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Thanks for the trip report! You had a great day it looks like. I was just up there & noted that at the top of the descent route there is a one piton anchor & not even fully driven into the rock. I think under almost any circumstance you would be better off to climb than lowering or rapelling off that anchor. It is a marker of the descent route but of little other use (unless solidly backed up, I didn't see any other features nearby for clean rock gear). There are other anchors half way down, two pitons, well placed & look solid, that I would be more inclined to use. I would guess a 50-60m rapel would get you down to the traverse point.

Thanks for the updated beta Bruce!

Thanks guys, very nice scramble

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