Banded Peak

 Posted by on October 2, 2003  Kananaskis Provincial Park  Add comments
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Banded Peak – Canadian Rockies

I think I see Outlaw peak at the upper left. WRONG. It turns out to be my objective. I’m at the spot marked with a red x in the picture below

I think I see Outlaw peak at the upper left. WRONG. It turns out to be my objective. I’m at the spot marked with a red x in the picture below

X marks the Spot

X marks the Spot

Thursday October 2nd 2003

Wow what a big day. And it was awesome for an October day too. I knew, looking at the brilliant fall colors on the way through Bragg Creek that it was going to be a special day.

A map of the scramble portion of the route with some additional information

A map of the scramble portion of the route with some additional information

This trip is a big one. First you have to mountain bike up the Elbow River on a fire road to Outlaw Creek. That’s about 16 kilometers.

Then comes a long valley with much scree.

But the trip is worth it. It’s some of the most spectacular mountain scenery I’ve seen. I like this area of the Canadian Rockies. It’s pristine.

Alan Kane’s guide book says Outlaw Creek is at 15.2 kilometers. I guess my odometer is out of whack. It registered 15.9 k to the drainage I took up the mountain.

As I traipsed up the valley I was wondering what the heck Kane is talking about? A path on the slope above the creek? I don’t think so. 🙁

After several hours I reached a high col and suddenly noticed that nothing looked familiar.

The Boulder in the wrong valley

The Boulder in the wrong valley

Oops! Wrong drainage. No wonder there was no cairn. Hummm!

As luck would have it Banded Peak is a large conical mountain of scree slopes and one can just re-navigate to where one should have been.

Harrumph.

After 4 hours and 39 minutes after starting from the parking area I was at the summit. The ride in took 56 minutes so the scramble took 3:43.

I took over the roost from a pair of crows. Caw Caw Caw.

I replied back with the same.

The Ultimate Outlaw This 6274x1090 image is a 673 KB compressed JPG, stiched, telephoto image of Outlaw Peak and Mount Cornwall

The Ultimate Outlaw; This 6274×1090 image is a 673 KB compressed JPG, stitched, telephoto image of Outlaw Peak and Mount Cornwall

Next came the down scramble. I decided to take the normal way out that being Outlaw Creek. I knew what to expect having been down the drainage 4 years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago.

Along the way I thought about going alone and how I do it. I thinks its defiantly the music. If I didn’t have tunes it would be a lot tougher to go alone.

I stopped on the way down at the same spot where Rob Davidson and I had a snack four years ago. Rob shared his cheese with me and I think the oysters were mine but I’m not sure. Henry was behind for about 10 minutes.

I also photographed the spot where we camped for the night.

On the way down this time the trail is noticeable on the east aspect of the valley. I’m sure we would have seen it four years ago had it been as well used as it has grown to be. This valley has seen a lot of traffic in the ensuing years. They do a race to the summit every year!

I fueled myself with dates and raisins at many stops as well a one when I got back to my bike.

Trusty steed!

My bike was waiting patiently for me.

My bike was waiting patiently for me.

Then the race back out to the car. It’s fast; you can really fly coming out of this one.

Outlaw Creek and Banded Peak (summit at right)

Back at the WRONG drainage after a one kilometer hike down the fire road. Banded peak is visible as the distant peak at the upper right. You can see the snow patch I crossed.

If you are a scrambler treat yourself to a great day in the mountains. Fit hikers can do this mountain too.

Have a good one!

 

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Banded Peak Panorama


Near Banded Peak’s Summit

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein
1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

Something that irritates you and won’t let you go. That’s the anguish of it. Do this book, or die. You have to go through that. Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.

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