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Turtle Scramble

Page Type: Route

Location: Alberta, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 49.57500°N / 114.4139°W

Object Title: Turtle Scramble

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Easy

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Dow Williams

Created/Edited: May 19, 2005 / Oct 10, 2006

Object ID: 165134

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Approach

Proceed south into Blairmore and cross the railway tracks and follow streets and/or avenues (grid system) SE towards Turtle Mountain. At 124th street (not 134th as the scramble book I attached states) and 15th avenue, turn onto a gravel road where there is evident parking space under telephone lines. A trail begins along the base of slabs at the northwest end of the mountain. The well beaten trail is used regularly by the locals.

Route Description

The trail leads to the first summit via several short switchbacks and climbs up near the upper rock cut to gain the main ridge of the first peak. The trail continues through stretches of coniferous forest and short bits of slab. You eventually reach the open ridge which gives up great views of other objectives to the west in British Columbia including Tecumseh .

Once at the first summit, you lose some elevation as you descend into the chaos of the Frank Slide. 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 (right). Features include huge rock crevasses, hanging rock, debris and gapping holes dropping 3000' vertical, etc.

Once through this area, ascend some scree to the 2nd and true summit. There was a register on a pole when I was here in 2003. 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 scrambles you will enjoy from a geological perspective. Return the same.

Essential Gear

A good pair of hiking boots, helmet if you are going to play between the summits and good sense always comes in handy.

Images

Some of the precarious...Looking back from the true...