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Squaws Tit Canmore Scramble June 2009 No Bushwack Route

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Squaw’s Tit, Canmore, Bow valley – Map has Route with no bushwacking

 

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Slab ramp crux on side of Squaw’s Tit, Canmore, Bow Valley

 

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Squaws Tit

June 2009, I do not know if there is anyone out there who has not done this yet but bushwacking is no longer necessary. I had put off doing this because of all the reports of bad thrashing and compass readings, etc. 
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I decide to do Squaws solo after my hiker friend called in the morning to cancel with some lame excuse about a leaky water heater and potentially flooded basement. I decided to switch objectives to the Tit since by now there must be trails and solo since no time to find anyone and everyone I know has done it anyway.
I took my GPS and was determined to do minimal bushwacking. Parked at the dayuse lot just East of the dry drainage that crosses the road on the East side of Harvie Heights. Map sign

Took the Meander trail for about 1.5 km to a point where I thought I should bushwack and there was a game trail going off the left side exactly where I wanted to go. Followed it down and across a drainage and small stream(could be wet/messy) and then up slopes until I hit the Montaine traverse trail. I went up right on it until near its highpoint and there was a very good trail leading off the left and up the ridge through the trees. This had 2-3 logs marking it(no rock cairn?but hear one has been added) and it lead all the way up the ridge to the rock. Above tree line it breaks into many scree variations(down tracks) but there are always switchbacked up trails on either side. Once on the ridge stuck close to the left edge on the rock ridge within 10 – 20 ft of the edge all the way to get the best scrambling and avoid the scree bypasses. There is one spot of slabby 5.3 that was probably avoidable but fun. Slab to the left side of summit block was dry, clean and grippy.

After come off rock ridge on the way down, avoid going too far skiers left on the scree trails as you will miss the trail in the trees( stay out of the drainage to far left as it has various slabs to downclimb). 

Overall a quick fun trip.

Note that the fastest best approach trail route would be to park at the west end of Harvie Heights and take the Tibits Quarry trail to the Montaine trail.

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