BCP627 Coliseum Mtn
N52ᵒ 31.190' W116ᵒ 05.151'
I was accompanying Takin it Easy and his two sons today with the main objective of finding this cap. I made sure I ate my wheaties this morning before the TiE bunch picked me up at 06:15 as they are a pretty speedy bunch. I briefly considered engaging in a little blood doping but discarded that as a bad idea .
Anyway, off we went making very good along hwy 22 and then hwy 11 until we came to a road block just west of Rocky. Hwy 11 was closed 60 kms west of Nordegg due to a forest fire, since we were only going to Nordegg they allowed us to continue, thankfully! We arrived at the Coliseum trailhead, geared up and began our climb around 09:20. Up and up we went until after many switchbacks (no shortcutting allowed) we broke free of the trees and were treated to some wonderful views even though smoke from the fires was obscuring the distant mountains. I am sure they would be spectacular on a clear smoke free day. After a brief stop to sign in at a nearby Sleepy hollow cache we continued. I took a higher route at this point, which although very scenic and the route shown on the trial maps was not the easiest way to go if the main summit is your goal. Both of TiE's sons followed me as they hadn't noticed their father using a well defined trail below the cliffs. His route avoided a bunch of unnecessary elevation gain/loss and is the far better trail to use. We on the other hand had to descend a bunch of scree on a sketchy trail to continue along the ridge to the cap summit. Still, the higher route does take you though some beautiful meadows that you may what to visit anyhow .
The walk along the undulating ridge top was very enjoyable and the final climb to the summit block is way easier than it looks. The cap was located by the youngest member of the TiE team and we then relaxed to enjoy our well earned lunch. Then we located the summit cache before starting the journey back down the mountain, which for several reasons, took Tyler and Matthew far less time than it did for Mr TiE and me.
Thanks for posting this mountain top cap outforthehunt, truly a wonderful place to visit. And thanks to TiE and Sons for doing all the driving and providing great company on this strenuous hike.
This entry was edited by BVPete on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 16:59:07 UTC.