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Roberta, Mount

Summit Elevation (m): 2400
Trip Date: October 11 2013
Elevation Gain (m): 650
Round Trip Time (hr): 3
Total Trip Distance (km): 6
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2/3 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: Easy scrambling up steep grassy / forested slopes. Some brief and minor exposure on the summit block.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking)
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Wietse and I decided to take advantage of a nice day on Friday, October 11 just before the long weekend with an easy scramble up Roberta Peak near the Highwood Pass area in Kananaskis Country. The day started off exciting when we saw 4 grizzlies digging for breakfast along highway 40! Thank goodness they weren’t anywhere near our trailhead or we may have switched objectives.

Mount Roberta Route Map

The ascent of Roberta itself was made more interesting when we cut off the approach road too early and bushwhacked an extra 1km for no reason. You should park at the gate along highway 40, just before the parking lot to Elbow Lake / Gap Mountain on the west (right) side of the highway. Roberta is right across from Gap Mountain. Follow the road over Pocaterra Creek for about 5-10 minutes and you’ll hit a junction (we turned into the bush already before we got to that junction!!). Turn left at the junction and follow the road until you can just spot a large, clear gully to the col on Roberta (about 1km). Bushwhack for 10-15 minutes to this gully and ascend it on steep grassy slopes on climber’s left to the col. The peak is about 70 meters to climber’s left of the col.

Views over Elk Pass (L) and Kananaskis Lakes (C).
Looking north up Hwy 40 with Gap Mountain at right.
There’s a small gap just before the main summit. The climbing route may come up the wall on the left here but I’m not 100% certain of that.

We had some snow which made things a bit interesting but this is a very short, easy outing with great views over the Kananaskis Lakes area. Views of Fox, Putnik, Sarrail, Warspite, Indefatigable and many other familiar peaks were stunning with the fresh snow and swirling clouds. Our round trip time of just over 3 hours includes the summit stay and an extra 1km of bushwhacking on ascent – this is NOT a full day outing.

Mount Roberta
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Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond.
Bushwhacking over 1km for nothing was fun.
Bushwhacking over 1km for nothing was fun.
Views towards Mount Sarrail.
Views towards Mount Sarrail.
Great views back towards the Kananaskis Lakes.
Great views back towards the Kananaskis Lakes.
Mount Fox is still one of my favorite scrambles.
Mount Fox is still one of my favorite scrambles.
Finally out of the trees and on the grassy slopes on climber's left of the gully to the col.
Finally out of the trees and on the grassy slopes on climber's left of the gully to the col.
Looking north up Highway 40, you can just spot the parking area near the shadow of Roberta at center bottom.
Looking north up Highway 40, you can just spot the parking area near the shadow of Roberta at center bottom.
Looking south over Pocaterra Ridge towards Mount Rae and Arethusa.
Looking south over Pocaterra Ridge towards Mount Rae and Arethusa.
Wietse ascends the ridge to the summit from the col.
Wietse ascends the ridge to the summit from the col.
Looking back (south) at Pocaterra.
Looking back (south) at Pocaterra.
Dramatic views over the Kananaskis Lakes area.
Dramatic views over the Kananaskis Lakes area.
Descending and routing around a drop on the ridge.
Descending and routing around a drop on the ridge.
There's a small gap just before the main summit. The climbing route may come up the wall on the left here but I'm not 100% certain of that.
There's a small gap just before the main summit. The climbing route may come up the wall on the left here but I'm not 100% certain of that.
Panorama from the summit looking towards Pocaterra, Fox, Kananaskis Lakes and highway 40 north.
Panorama from the summit looking towards Pocaterra, Fox, Kananaskis Lakes and highway 40 north.
Looking east and south over Pocaterra Ridge and Peak.
Looking east and south over Pocaterra Ridge and Peak.
Views over Elk Pass (L) and Kananaskis Lakes.
Views over Elk Pass (L) and Kananaskis Lakes.
Mount Sarrail looms over Rawson Lake.
Mount Sarrail looms over Rawson Lake.
Not many people ascend Mount Putnik (c).
Not many people ascend Mount Putnik (c).
Looking north up Hwy 40. Gap Mountain at right.
Looking north up Hwy 40. Gap Mountain at right.
A zoomed in pano of the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes and many peaks that I've ascended there.
A zoomed in pano of the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes and many peaks that I've ascended there.
Summit Register.
Summit Register.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
Wietse descends to the col.
The snow made the descent quite quick on the grassy slope.
The snow made the descent quite quick on the grassy slope.
Descending slick grassy slopes.
Descending slick grassy slopes.
Back on the road / Pocaterra ski trail.
Back on the road / Pocaterra ski trail.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.
The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home.

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