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Turtle Mountain

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Alberta, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 49.57500°N / 114.4139°W

Object Title: Turtle Mountain

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 1, 2003


Page By: Dow Williams

Created/Edited: May 19, 2005 / Jul 9, 2006

Object ID: 169949

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Park your vehicle under the telephone lines behind 124th Street and 15th Avenue in Blairmore. Follow a trail to first peak. I did 2400' in the first hour of accent. Then you have to traverse the precarious Frank Slide remnants to the real summit. I traversed the edge of this minefield to the summit for challenge, but unless you are experienced, I advise staying on more moderate ground to the south. Features include huge rock crevasses, hanging rock, debris and gapping holes dropping 3000' vertical, etc. There is a register on a pole at the summit.

On top, notice how the mountain started to pull up the other side. Although this tragedy happened in 1903, it looks like it happened yesterday. This is one of the most interesting climbs you will enjoy from a geological perspective. Gain the ridge from the northwest corner and enjoy views of Tecumseh (NW) all the way. Over 70 people were buried in this slide. Must have been sheer terror seeing half a mountain roll your way (the distance this slide traveled is attributed to a ball bearing effect). Visit the interpretation center afterwards for a look at your route.


Some of the precarious...Looking back from the true...This is the Frank Slide on...


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