Another beautiful day in the Rockies. This time it was just Jon, Kev and me. We got to the Highwood Pass around 0900 and proceeded down the path to the Grizzly Col. The trail was in excellent condition and after a pleasant hour or so we were ready to tackle the scree slog to the summit of Tyrwhitt.
After reading several descriptions of this scramble I wasn't looking forward to it. I was pleasantly surprised however, once we started up. If you stick to the right the exposure is greater but the climb is more pleasant. On the way down hit the scree and everything is good!
[The trail to Pocaterra Tarn is obvious if not a bit muddy on this particular morning.]
[Pocaterra Ridge is perfectly framed through the infamous 'window' in the ridge to the summit of Tyrwhitt.]
We made it to the summit in another hour - so two hours from car to summit #1. From here things got very interesting. I think Kane's rating of 'moderate' for the traverse over to Pocaterra should be upgraded to 'difficult'. I've done the final ridge on Lady MacDonald and this was just as exposed - if not more so - especially at the very end just before the summit.
[Kev comes up to the summit on classic Rockies scree with Grizzly and Highwood Ridge in the background.]
[Posing "rock group style" at the summit of Tyrwhitt.]
[Lower and Upper Elk Lakes from the summit of Tyrwhitt. Maybe it was this view, but I've done many trips into that area since this scramble, including in summer and winter. Peaks in the background include (L to R), Aosta, McCuaig, De Gaulle, Nivelle, Ney, Castelnau, Joffre, Petain and others.]
After enjoying the summit views we continued the traverse to Pocaterra.
[Looking at the traverse to Pocaterra including significant height loss.]