BCP109 Mount Cory
Posted N51° 11.024 W115° 41.539
GPSr N51° 11.025 W115° 41.540
Well... I finally got over my capping mishap earlier this week that ended a 2 day capping trip before it got started. My geotruck is no more but at least only my pride was hurt as a result of a horrible snowstorm that hit the summits on the Icefields Parkway. This weekend was Mrs. TiE's birthday and she decided she wanted to spend it in Banff. I was unable to join SH on Fisher Ridge today, but Mrs. TiE consented to look after Littlest TiE for 4 hours while Teenage TiE and I tackled Mt. Cory. It was raining in Banff when we left the other TiEs and confidence of getting this hike in was poor. When we got to the trailhead, it was only spitting out so we elected to give it a shot. We started up the obvious but incorrect path as others have done before, but thanks to the SA trailmaps we were quickly back on track. We packed light due to the steepness of the hike and the lack of significant snowfall. When we were 1/3 of the way up, we realized we packed lighter than we expected when we saw that neither of us had any water. Doh! That's a first. Thankfully it was cool out and there was enough snowfall to keep us mildly hydrated. That was one steep hike. There was 2 or 3 easy rockbands to handle and other than that it was just up, up and more up. Once we crossed the snow covered alpine meadow and started up the last part we soon spied the cap tower. What a relief. The bad weather held off for the most part. It took just under 2 hours to reach the top and about 1.5 hours to get back down covering a round trip of 5.3km and just under 1000m of elevation gain. This was the first find of the cap in 2010. Thanks for the cap OFTH!
This entry was edited by Takin it Easy on Saturday, 06 November 2010 at 19:36:35.