Mount Cory – Canadian Rockies July 12/01
When Ann and I did this easy scramble we had originally thought to do Cascade, but a summit cloud in the morning made me suggest a switch to sunnier Cory.
As it turned out, Cascade would have been just fine anyway. But it didn’t matter, Ann and I returned a few weeks later and bagged Cascade.
The first couple of thousand feet are the hardest; the grade is steep but never loose and a trail shows the way. You top out at a beautiful little plateau, with wild flowers and a view north to the Lake Louise group and nearby Cockscomb Mountain.
After that the route gets more interesting. Very enjoyable terrain over a series of small rises with small bouts of hands on scrambling.
A thunder cloud went to the south but never threatened the north side of the valley. Mount Cory seems to be protected by the Massive Range to the west and the Bow Valley also helps open up the clouds.
On the way down we tried going into a talus gully to the right of the main path, looking for loose limestone debris to soften the tedious down hike. This was fine, easier on the limbs but a lot dustier.
Near the bottom, the afternoon summer heat was very fine. Ann and I were bushed but content I think, after over eight hours on the mountain. All in all a fantastic day.
Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.