Turtle Scramble

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Route
Location:
Alberta, Canada, North America
Route Type:
Scrambling
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficulty:
Easy

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Turtle Scramble
Created On: May 19, 2005
Last Edited On: Oct 10, 2006

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.


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Turtle Scramble

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