Mount Carnarvon

This scramble is described by Kane as possibly the best in the area surrounding Field in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. I must agree. The well-graded forested approach, and solid rock made it feel like alpine climbing in the Selkirks, and the summit view was so comprehensive you could actually see the Selkirks! Despite elevation gain in the order of 1700 metres, the maintained trail to Hamilton Lake makes for a fast and relatively painless approach. The worst part is getting from Hamilton Lake onto the ridge. Once on top of the ridge crest, the scrambling is phenomenal. A small tricky section requires some route finding in the uppermost part of the summit block, but overall the way up was obvious. Highly recommended!

01_ge_carnarvon
The route, starting from Emerald Lake parking area
02_top_hat
Mount Carnarvon on the left, Top Hat right of centre
03_carnarvon
wow, look at that ridge line!!
04_hamilton_lake
Hamilton Lake from the point where I attained the ridge crest
05_upper_ridge
Outstanding scrambling on solid rock. Is this really Yoho National Park?!
06_ridge
The angle is fairly steep, but sticking to the ridge provided solid scrambling
07_crux
traversing this block was the crux. I was travelling solo, so I decided to cut across around the snowfields, but it could be possible to continue following the ridge line
08_looking_down
All sorts of things come into view! Goodsir Towers, the Purcells and Selkirs, further to the right out of frame was the Mummery Group!
09_summit
Summit view looking northeast
10_summit_west
Summit view looking southwest
11_emerald_glacier
The Emerald Glacier
12_cornice
Remnants of a cornice
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