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Vimy Peak, Mount Arras, GR939323 (Vimy Traverse)

Summit Elevation – Vimy Peak (m): 2385
Summit Elevation – Mount Arras (m): 2423
Summit Elevation – GR939323 (m): 2500
Trip Date: September 17 2015
Elevation Gain (m): 2000
Round Trip Time (hr): 10
Total Trip Distance (km): 35
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something 
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties if taking the hiking trail / easiest route. Nugara has some scramble routes if you’re looking for something a bit spicier up Vimy Peak. Some of the route between Arras and Vimy might be a bit much for the average hiker and obviously this is a big day if doing the whole traverse.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking)
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I think I was due for one of these extremely rare days in Waterton Lakes National Park. What days, you ask? One of those rare gems where the wind is manageable and “sunny” actually means you see blue sky and the ball of fire sustaining life on our fragile planet. Oh – and one of those rarest of days when you have a route planned ahead of time that will take 100% advantage of these prime scrambling and hiking conditions. In our case Phil Richards and I were planning a grand traverse from Vimy Peak to Arras Peak (Vimy Ridge) to the highest point of Vimy Ridge (GR939323) and back again. 

Vimy Peak

I met Phil at around 06:45 at the Wishbone Trail parking area where we unloaded our bikes and finished prepping our packs for the long day ahead. The bike ride started pretty fast with some downhill single track through light forest and prairie grasses. I’ll state it right up front that we were full of energy this particular day – we must have been because the bike ride felt downhill both ways for us.

Vimy Ridge Traverse Route Map

The sun was coming up as we experienced something very unique and special while biking near the river crossing on the flats. At first we heard what sounded like people being tortured – the screaming was pretty intense! After few minutes we realized we were in the middle of a huge Elk rut! Wow. We saw at least 30 elk, including 5-8 LARGE bulls with massive racks. The bulls were calling out loudly, circling each other and generally getting their rut on. I thought we’d have to turn back more than once, but amazingly the huge animals let us through unscathed. We didn’t get stupidly close of course, but we had to wait for the animals to move out of our way several times. I’d have been really nervous on foot – I felt that we looked bigger on bikes. The two images that really stand out for me are two huge bulls ready to engage. They stood there, heads lowered, for about 5 seconds before deciding they’d save the fight for later. The other image is a lone bull, the largest we saw, standing in the morning light with the mountains behind him lighting up and his breath clearly visible streaming from his mouth as he called loudly for a mate. Pretty cool stuff.

Since our day was pretty much made at this point everything else would be a bonus. And what a bonus it was! We biked a bit further than the river before coming to the split in the trail. We took the left fork up to Vimy Peak. Maybe I was just in a good mood but the trail up Vimy is fantastic. It’s very well designed in that it doesn’t lose or gain unnecessary height. I admire trails that manage to take the best possible line to their destination and this is one of those rarities. Phil set a furious pace (probably slow for him…) and I must have been feeling good because we still managed to chat about just about everything on the way up. The pace and chatting made the approach fly by and before 3 hours were even up; we were standing on our first summit of the day.

Vimy Peak is an easy scramble but it has amazing views of the Waterton Lakes and the small Waterton town site far below. I scrambled off the summit in order to get the best views of the lakes. The most amazing part of the summit was that we could sit there and enjoy our views with very little wind and warm sunshine. This is not entirely normal for Waterton. We were thinking that our day was just getting better and better.

From L to R, Goat Haunt, Cleveland, Boswell, Kootenai, Vulture, Campbell, Guardhouse, Carter, Chapman, Peabody, Richards, Kintla, Kinnerly, Alderson, Carthew (R).
Views over Upper (L), Middle (C) and Lower (C) Waterton Lakes.
From L to R, Alderson, Carthew, Bertha, Buchanan, Lineham, Ruby Ridge, Blakiston, Anderson, Crandell, Glendowan, Cloudy Ridge, Galwey, Dungarvon, Dunwey, Bellevue Hill, and Lakeview Ridge (R).

After signing a very full register (at least 30-40 entries per year) we continued on towards Vimy Ridge, or Arras Peak as it’s also called. Along the way we enjoyed new sights (for us) of peaks across the border in Glacier National Park including Vulture, Custer, Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly and Long Knife.

Vimy Peak
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Biking through the grasslands towards Vimy (L), Crandell (C) and Lakeview RIdge (R).
Biking through the grasslands towards Vimy (L), Crandell (C) and Lakeview RIdge (R).
The largest elk bull we saw - there were at least 8 of them.
The largest elk bull we saw - there were at least 8 of them.
The elk bull is calling loudly.
The elk bull is calling loudly.
Elk.
Elk.
Vimy Peak rises above us.
Vimy Peak rises above us.
Hiking up a trail through forest to the NE ridge of Vimy Peak.
Hiking up a trail through forest to the NE ridge of Vimy Peak.
Hiking up a trail through forest to the NE ridge of Vimy Peak.
Hiking up a trail through forest to the NE ridge of Vimy Peak.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
The only water source after the biking section, for the rest of the day is this small stream. Use wisely.
The only water source after the biking section, for the rest of the day is this small stream. Use wisely.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
Hiking up a shallow draw up the NE ridge of Vimy Ridge.
The easy east aspect of Vimy Peak.
The easy east aspect of Vimy Peak.
Working our way up the east scree slopes under Vimy Peak's summit.
Working our way up the east scree slopes under Vimy Peak's summit.
Gorgeous views over lower Waterton Lakes, Sofa and our route to Arras (R).
Gorgeous views over lower Waterton Lakes, Sofa and our route to Arras (R).
Phil scrambles up the exposed SE ridge of Vimy Peak just under the summit.
Phil scrambles up the exposed SE ridge of Vimy Peak just under the summit.
Phil scrambles up the exposed SE ridge of Vimy Peak just under the summit.
Phil scrambles up the exposed SE ridge of Vimy Peak just under the summit.
Summit view from Chief (L) to Cleveland, Boswell, Olsen, Campbell, Richards, Custer, Alderson.
Summit view from Chief (L) to Cleveland, Boswell, Olsen, Campbell, Richards, Custer, Alderson.
Sofa Mountain to the east of Vimy.
Sofa Mountain to the east of Vimy.
Mount Cleveland rises over Boswell and Goat Haunt at left. Numa, Custer and Alderson at right.
Mount Cleveland rises over Boswell and Goat Haunt at left. Numa, Custer and Alderson at right.
Alderson (L), Bertha, Carthew, Lineham, Ruby, Blakiston, Crandell, Galwey, Dungarvon, Bellevue.
Alderson (L), Bertha, Carthew, Lineham, Ruby, Blakiston, Crandell, Galwey, Dungarvon, Bellevue.
Views over Middle and Lower Waterton Lake to the prairies out of Waterton Park.
Views over Middle and Lower Waterton Lake to the prairies out of Waterton Park.
The small, quaint town of Waterton nestled by the Upper Waterton Lake. The bay near the town is known as "Emerald Bay".
The small, quaint town of Waterton nestled by the Upper Waterton Lake. The bay near the town is known as "Emerald Bay".
Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes with many of the prominent peaks such as Alderson, Blakiston.
Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes with many of the prominent peaks such as Alderson, Blakiston.
Upper Waterton Lake towards mountains in both Waterton and Glacier National Park, including Richards (R), Campbell (L) and the snow covered peaks, Custer, Chapman and Olsen.
Upper Waterton Lake towards mountains in both Waterton and Glacier National Park, including Richards (R), Campbell (L) and the snow covered peaks, Custer, Chapman and Olsen.
Peabody (L), Kintla (C) and Kinnerly rise over Mount Custer with Mount Richards in the fg.
Peabody (L), Kintla (C) and Kinnerly rise over Mount Custer with Mount Richards in the fg.
Mount Alderson is one of Waterton's more recognizable peaks.
Mount Alderson is one of Waterton's more recognizable peaks.
Chapman Peak (L) with Peabody and Kintla to the right.
Chapman Peak (L) with Peabody and Kintla to the right.
Mount Cleveland. I was first introduced to this mountain by the climbing tragedy that occurred here in the winter of 1969.
Mount Cleveland. I was first introduced to this mountain by the climbing tragedy that occurred here in the winter of 1969.
Chief Mountain to the east.
Chief Mountain to the east.
Wonderful Waterton colors on Ruby Ridge, looking over Crandell with Blakiston, Anderson, in the bg.
Wonderful Waterton colors on Ruby Ridge, looking over Crandell with Blakiston, Anderson, in the bg.
Alderson (L), Carthew, Bertha, Buchanan and Lineham (R).
Alderson (L), Carthew, Bertha, Buchanan and Lineham (R).
Guardhouse over Campbell, Carter, Chapman, Peabody, Kintla, Kinnerly over Richards at right.
Guardhouse over Campbell, Carter, Chapman, Peabody, Kintla, Kinnerly over Richards at right.
A full - but interesting - summit register. This peak is extremely popular as it rises over the town site of Waterton and has an easy trail up.
A full - but interesting - summit register. This peak is extremely popular as it rises over the town site of Waterton and has an easy trail up.

Mount Arras

There isn’t much I enjoy in life more than a high line traverse in the mountains. I love them because I feel like I’m flying above the landscape. This only works, of course, if you can actually see the landscape (unlike on Rowe and Festubert the week before) and such was the case on our traverse from Vimy Peak to Arras to GR939323. Not only were the views completely sublime, but also the wind was extremely light for the area, allowing us to converse while we walked. This is not normal. The first thing you should note is that just as with all traverses, the destination isn’t quite as close as it appears. It isn’t “Festubert far” but it’s going to add hours to your day even if you’re fast – which Phil definitely is.

The ridge traverse from Vimy Peak starts off very easy with great views across Hell Roaring Creek and Crypt Lakes to Mount Boswell and Cleveland in the far distance. Visible along the ridge at mid center is Arras Peak.

The first part of the traverse from Vimy Peak was very easy. We even bypassed the first small bump on climbers right before encountering slightly more challenging terrain. I think Nugara calls this “easy” but if you’re more of a hiker than a scrambler you will find it “moderate”. You can stick right to the ridge crest but travel is slow there. We found traversing on climbers left of the ridge a wee bit quicker (not much) and eventually we crossed over to climbers right to finish that part of the traverse.

Views back along the ridge to a distant Vimy Peak (R). Upper Waterton Lake receives Hell Roaring Creek at center. Boswell at left. Anderson and Blakiston rise over the other Waterton peaks.

The expansive views towards Crypt Lake on one side and Sofa Mountain on the other, with Mount Cleveland looming over everything kept us entertained while we travelled. Phil’s favourite lines are “but why is it like that?” and “what made it do that?” and he applies this liberally to the micro terrain as well as the macro (he has two master’s degrees and a doctorate). Waterton, with its fantastic smorgasbord of rock and vegetation, provided Dr. Phil with many such opportunities of scientific inquiry. There were rocks and crystals of many shapes, colors and arrangements along the entire ridge. Some sections looked like patio bricks, complete with perfectly straight lines and interlocking pieces. Other sections had small erratic lumps of rock that didn’t seem to belong. In yet other sections there were old, gnarled trees that had to be hundreds of years old with their offspring nestled in their arms, protected from the wind even as the ancient ones finally gave up their lives in this harshest of environments. Phil and I both decided that he needed to get another masters or doctorate degree in geology sometime soon in order to start answering some of his own damn questions!

Crypt Lake drains into a lower pond and is the genesis of Hell Roaring Creek. Mount Cleveland and Boswell at left and right.

The best views of Crypt Lake were from the final ridge leading up to Arras. After this point we ended up passing the lake and it was hidden from view. I’ve never done the hike to Crypt but it looked pretty fantastic from above. A huge waterfall pouring over a caved in area looked particularly interesting. I think a very nice loop would be scrambling Vimy Peak, Arras Peak and GR939323 before descending to Crypt Lake and exiting via the Wishbone trail back to your bike at the Crypt / Vimy Peak junction. That would be an excellent but very long day! (Incidentally some guy from Europe did this loop in reverse in two days but I think he even used a boat to access Crypt Lake first.)

Crypt Lake is a world class hike that starts at Upper Waterton Lake and follows Hell Roaring Creek up the headwall to the lake at left.
Phil hikes along the scenic ridge towards Arras obvious ahead here.

Getting up to Arras was easy after the jagged traverse and soon we were enjoying another pretty much windless summit with expansive views in every direction. I didn’t realize this peak was called “Arras” until looking in the register. I have no idea why this isn’t officially called Arras with the high point on the end of the ridge called “Vimy Ridge” but such is the nature of naming nature I guess.

Views east and north from Arras include L to R, Vimy Peak, Sofa Mountain and GR939323 (R).
Views back west over Crypt Lake include (L to R), Cleveland, Vulture, Boswell, Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly, Long Knife, Alderson, Blakiston and Vimy Peak (R).

After enjoying some great views we kept on towards GR939323 because as Andrew says, “why not?”

Arras Peak
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The ridge traverse from Vimy Peak starts off very easy with great views across the Crypt Creek to Mount Boswell and Cleveland in the far distance.
The ridge traverse from Vimy Peak starts off very easy with great views across the Crypt Creek to Mount Boswell and Cleveland in the far distance.
Great views to Mount Boswell and down towards Crypt Lake.
Great views to Mount Boswell and down towards Crypt Lake.
Hiking along Vimy Ridge to Arras Peak (looking back).
Hiking along Vimy Ridge to Arras Peak (looking back).
A look across Hell Roaring Creek back to Vimy Peak on the right. Boswell at left.
A look across Hell Roaring Creek back to Vimy Peak on the right. Boswell at left.
Views over Waterton Lake to Mount Custer.
Views over Waterton Lake to Mount Custer.
Arras Peak at distant left. Miche Wabun at center.
Arras Peak at distant left. Miche Wabun at center.
Lovely colors on Sofa Mountain.
Lovely colors on Sofa Mountain.
The terrain gets slightly more complicated between Vimy Peak and Arras.
The terrain gets slightly more complicated between Vimy Peak and Arras.
Phil traverses back onto the ridge proper after we did a slight detour on climber's left.
Phil traverses back onto the ridge proper after we did a slight detour on climber's left.
Facinating micro terrain all along the ridge.
Facinating micro terrain all along the ridge.
The view of the entire Crypt Lake and Hell Roaring Creek valley is incredible from Vimy Ridge.
The view of the entire Crypt Lake and Hell Roaring Creek valley is incredible from Vimy Ridge.
Stunning color around Lower Crypt Lake
Stunning color around Lower Crypt Lake
Stunning color along Hell Roaring Creek.
Stunning color along Hell Roaring Creek.
Crypt Lake
Crypt Lake
Crypt Lake
Crypt Lake
Phil climbs up towards Arras Peak.
Phil climbs up towards Arras Peak.
Finally approaching Arras Peak along the ridge.
Finally approaching Arras Peak along the ridge.
Summit view back to Vimy Peak (L) and to GR939323 (R). Sofa at center.
Summit view back to Vimy Peak (L) and to GR939323 (R). Sofa at center.
Cleveland (L). Crypt Lake with Mount Boswell rising above. Alderson, Buchanan at right.
Cleveland (L). Crypt Lake with Mount Boswell rising above. Alderson, Buchanan at right.
Crypt Lake with Cleveland (L) and Boswell rising above.
Crypt Lake with Cleveland (L) and Boswell rising above.
Views over Boswell to a distant Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly and Long Knife (R).
Views over Boswell to a distant Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly and Long Knife (R).
More amazing colors from Richards to Alderson to Carthew and Bertha peaks.
More amazing colors from Richards to Alderson to Carthew and Bertha peaks.
Views over Boswell to Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly, Longknife and Alderson.
Views over Boswell to Chapman, Kintla, Kinnerly, Longknife and Alderson.
Views from Blakiston (L), Vimy, Dungarvon, Lakeview over the prairies to Sofa (R).
Views from Blakiston (L), Vimy, Dungarvon, Lakeview over the prairies to Sofa (R).
I think Phil would almost fit in the summit register!
I think Phil would almost fit in the summit register!
A 30 or 40x decrease in the number of register entries compared to Vimy Peak!
A 30 or 40x decrease in the number of register entries compared to Vimy Peak!
A 30 or 40x decrease in the number of register entries compared to Vimy Peak!
A 30 or 40x decrease in the number of register entries compared to Vimy Peak!
That's it. Only 1.5 pages, compared to 30 in the last register. I guess the moderate scrambling and distance really turns most folks off.
That's it. Only 1.5 pages, compared to 30 in the last register. I guess the moderate scrambling and distance really turns most folks off.
The view of GR939323 from the summit of Arras Peak (Vimy Ridge).
The view of GR939323 from the summit of Arras Peak (Vimy Ridge).

GR939323

As I already indicated in my Arras Peak report, I don’t understand the naming of peaks along Vimy Ridge. Vimy Peak makes sense, as it’s the peak looming over the Waterton town site and named for a famous WWI Canadian battle. Arras Peak makes sense, as it’s a distinctive peak along Vimy Ridge and is the name of the overall WWI objective that Vimy was the opening act for. What doesn’t make sense (to me) is that GR939323 should be named Vimy Ridge as it’s the terminal apex of the long ridge running from Vimy Peak! Oh well. Lowly “grid reference” it remains I guess… Who cares in the end?

Continuing our traverse towards GR939323 (R). This lovely bowl sits between Vimy Ridge and Sofa Mountain.

GR939323 looks pretty easy from the summit of Arras, but it’s the best scrambling we got all day. There are a couple of low cliff bands running across the ridge and we chose to scramble right up some of them, just for fun. Good thing we left the brain buckets at the parking lot… After scrambling through the cliff bands we labored up final rubbly scree slopes to another wonderful summit panorama in windless, sunny conditions. The views into the North Fork Belly River valley and towards Chief Mountain and the Blood Indian Reserve were special. Upon closer inspection, and with the assistance of my telephoto lens, we even managed to spot a large herd of Mountain Goats far beneath us at the headwaters of the North Fork Belly River. We spent some time on another windless summit, enjoying our day and the fact that we were now half way done our trip. 

Vulture (L), Guardhouse, Chapman, Kintly, Kinnerly, Custer, Boswell, Long Knife, Alderson, Carthew, Bertha.
Views back along the ridge past Arras to Vimy Peak at far distant center left. Sofa Mountain at right.
Goat paradise in the headwaters of North Fork Belly River.
Mountains meet prairies to the NW. L to R, Dungarvon, Galwey, Dunwey, Bellevue Hill, Lakeview Ridge, Lower Waterton Lake.

We descended GR939323 fairly quickly, finding easier lines through the cliff bands than on ascent by going slightly further skier’s left. As we made our way slowly back up and along Vimy Ridge towards Vimy Peak the sky began to cloud up a bit and the wind picked up – but nothing too extreme. When we got back to the high point before Vimy Peak we took a shortcut route into the upper bowl on Vimy’s east flank which saved us having to re-ascend Vimy Peak. There was an obvious trail on this slope with huge switchbacks. We lost the trail for a bit, but after traversing straight left we found the trail and followed it back to the bikes.

Phil takes in the wild landscape around Crypt Lake and under the alway watchful eye of Mount Cleveland (L).
Navigating some easy ridge scrambling on our long journey back.
Descending to the east of Vimy Peak – shortcutting our way back to the ascent trail which is somewhere in the trees below.

The bike ride out was surprisingly quick. We expected to be doing a lot of uphill pedaling as the morning bike seemed mostly downhill. We must have had a lot of caffeine that morning, because it wasn’t bad at all! There was no sign of the rutting elk on our exit and we only ran into one couple just before the parking lot.

Biking back to the trailhead across Sofa Creek and the grasslands east of Lower Waterton Lake.

I couldn’t believe that we did the whole traverse in just under 10 hours! I think this is a pretty fast pace – thanks to Phil the long distance runner. I think on my own this would have been a lot closer to 12 hours and for a larger group, 14 hours or more would not be unexpected. This was one of those very rare days in Waterton that gifted us with light winds and mostly sunny skies. I really enjoyed this trip.

GR939323
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GR939323 rises at right over a colorful east bowl.
GR939323 rises at right over a colorful east bowl.
The low cliff bands are clearly visible as we get down to the col between Arras and GR939323.
The low cliff bands are clearly visible as we get down to the col between Arras and GR939323.
The south face of GR939323 is pretty impressive.
The south face of GR939323 is pretty impressive.
Looking back up Arras as we traverse.
Looking back up Arras as we traverse.
The headwaters of Hell Roaring Creek and Crypt Lake.
The headwaters of Hell Roaring Creek and Crypt Lake.
Looking back at Arras as Phil descends to the Arras / GR939323 col.
Looking back at Arras as Phil descends to the Arras / GR939323 col.
Looking back at Arras from part way up. I couldn't find a name for the impressive peak on the left. Crypt Peak?
Looking back at Arras from part way up. I couldn't find a name for the impressive peak on the left. Crypt Peak?
Another view of the nice valley between Arras, GR939323 and Sofa Mountain.
Another view of the nice valley between Arras, GR939323 and Sofa Mountain.
Looking down the international border from the summit of GR939323 with Chief Mountain on the right.
Looking down the international border from the summit of GR939323 with Chief Mountain on the right.
Unnamed Peak immediately to the south with Cleveland in the bg. Crypt Peak at right.
Unnamed Peak immediately to the south with Cleveland in the bg. Crypt Peak at right.
Vulture (L), Guardhouse, Chapman, Kintly, Kinnerly, Custer, Boswell, Long Knife, Alderson, Carthew.
Vulture (L), Guardhouse, Chapman, Kintly, Kinnerly, Custer, Boswell, Long Knife, Alderson, Carthew.
Phil takes in the wild Rockies scenery from the summit of GR939323.
Phil takes in the wild Rockies scenery from the summit of GR939323.
Looking back along the traverse at Vimy Peak. It doesn't look far, but it's a ways off!
Looking back along the traverse at Vimy Peak. It doesn't look far, but it's a ways off!
Looking across Upper Waterton Lake at Richards, Bertha Alderson, Buchanan and Carthew.
Looking across Upper Waterton Lake at Richards, Bertha Alderson, Buchanan and Carthew.
Another Kris Thorsteinsson register - he knows how to bring a register that can be used to do arm curls at the summit!
Another Kris Thorsteinsson register - he knows how to bring a register that can be used to do arm curls at the summit!
A Czech guy did this peak as part of a two day traverse from Crypt Lake.
A Czech guy did this peak as part of a two day traverse from Crypt Lake.
The last entry was a traverse all the way from Sofa Mountain! That's a nice outing!
The last entry was a traverse all the way from Sofa Mountain! That's a nice outing!
Mount Cleveland rises on the right with Miche Wabun in the fg.
Mount Cleveland rises on the right with Miche Wabun in the fg.
Chief Mountain over Sarcee and Sentinel.
Chief Mountain over Sarcee and Sentinel.
Vulture Mountain in GNP (L).
Vulture Mountain in GNP (L).
Mount Galwey stretching off to Mount Dunwey and Dungarvon.
Mount Galwey stretching off to Mount Dunwey and Dungarvon.
Lakeview Ridge.
Lakeview Ridge.
Bertha in front of Alderson and Carthew.
Bertha in front of Alderson and Carthew.
Chapman (L), Kintla and Kinnerly (R).
Chapman (L), Kintla and Kinnerly (R).
Kaina Mountain lies just NE of Cleveland.
Kaina Mountain lies just NE of Cleveland.
Impressive prairie views from Waterton Lakes (L) to Sofa Mountain (R).
Impressive prairie views from Waterton Lakes (L) to Sofa Mountain (R).
Clevelend rises impressively over Miche Wabun.
Clevelend rises impressively over Miche Wabun.
Chapman (L), Kintla and Kinnerly (R).
Chapman (L), Kintla and Kinnerly (R).
Goat paradise in the headwaters of North Fork Belly River.
Goat paradise in the headwaters of North Fork Belly River.
Kaina (L), Miche Wabun and Cleveland with an unnamed summit at fg right.
Kaina (L), Miche Wabun and Cleveland with an unnamed summit at fg right.
Lower Waterton Lakes with Lakeview Ridge at mid left.
Lower Waterton Lakes with Lakeview Ridge at mid left.
The long traverse back to Arras and Vimy at left, Sofa at right.
The long traverse back to Arras and Vimy at left, Sofa at right.
This sort of stuff puts Phil in a strange trance where he mutters to himself things like - "But WHY is it LIKE that?!"
This sort of stuff puts Phil in a strange trance where he mutters to himself things like - "But WHY is it LIKE that?!"
A very distant Vimy at left. Sofa Mountain at right.
A very distant Vimy at left. Sofa Mountain at right.
Hell Roaring Creek.
Hell Roaring Creek.
Wild scenery over Crypt lake as we make the long hike back.
Wild scenery over Crypt lake as we make the long hike back.
Back on the hardest part of the traverse, just before the high point before Vimy Peak, which is on the left.
Back on the hardest part of the traverse, just before the high point before Vimy Peak, which is on the left.
We will exit via this bowl just  SE of Vimy Peak (L).
We will exit via this bowl just SE of Vimy Peak (L).
The trail runs out soon, but we simply traversed left to find it back. Vimy on upper left.
The trail runs out soon, but we simply traversed left to find it back. Vimy on upper left.
Back on the trail leading NE down the shallow draw and ridge.
Back on the trail leading NE down the shallow draw and ridge.
Crossing Sofa Creek on return. Vimy Peak rises in the distance.
Crossing Sofa Creek on return. Vimy Peak rises in the distance.
These cairns mark the exit from the Sofa Creek crossing.
These cairns mark the exit from the Sofa Creek crossing.
The fast ride back.
The fast ride back.

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