Dolomite Peak

My friend used to work at the Num-ti-jah Lodge. I recall his stories of clients scrambling up Dolomite Peak; the very name itself conjuring up images of exotic Alps. I have learned a valuable lesson this year: all Rocky Mountain climbing guidebooks speak of legendary ‘altered limestone’ that is ‘solid and improved’ – all of it is nonsense. True, the upper 300 metres of Dolomite Peak would not look like it does if it weren’t for some alteration of the limestone, but solid it is not. I took a great deal of time making sure I was on route to peaks #3 and 4, yet a number of holds came off in my hands, and I snapped a fairly substantial foothold off in the ascent gully as well. So lets call a spade a spade people. Dolomite Peak is a popular outing because it looks cool, which I agree, it does.

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From the pullout at Helen Creek, the route ascends steeply at first, crosses the creek and leads to an avalanche slope (right track). I followed this slope to the gully between peaks #3 and 4, and descended directly via the 3/4 gully
02_from_bow
A view of Dolomite Peak from the approach to Bow Peak. I ascended peaks #4 (tallest) and #3 (lower, but more technical of an ascent)
03_cirque_peak
One great thing about this scramble is the quick approach and almost immediate views. Here we’re looking towards Cirque Peak
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Lots of loose scree remains before I hit that altered limestone!
05_upper_cliffs
Arriving at the base of the summit cliffs. The 3/4 gully begins along the prominent horizontal line to the left of the frame
06_peak_four
The view from summit #4. Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Wapta Icefield, hum, a lot of stuff
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View to the north from peak #4, including Cirque Observation Peaks. Dolomite Peak #3 is on the right hand side
08_wapta
Threatening storm clouds moved in over the Wapta Icefield, but I only received a few drops of rain
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The rest of Dolomite Peak to the south. The Icefields Parkway can be seen in the background
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The striking Dolomite Peak #2 (a technical climb)
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Looking back at Peak #4 from #3. Mount Hector is the snow-capped peak in the distance
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More mountains to the Northeast!
13_alpine_hawksbeard
Alpine Hawksbeard (crepis nana). The blooms have retracted. It looks like this in bloom
14_looking_back
One last look at Dolomite Peak from alongside Helen Creek
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