Armor Peak GR:683940

elevation: 2,820 m. height gain: 1,330 m.
area: Banff/Bow Valley,AB map 82 N/8
2013-May-20


Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken view from the pull off
View from the pull-off that is situated 1 kilometer south of Baker Creek Chalets, on the west side of highway 1A.
Scramble: RT 10.5; 5.25 up. We thought Protection Mountain was the name designated to the long ridge north of Castle Mountain. After reading Bob's trip report and researching Armor Peak on Bivouac, we learned that the name Protection Mountain was newly allocated to the highpoint of the ridge also known as Television Peak. Armor and Bulwark Peaks are at the north end of the ridge; Armor is the taller one but Bulwark is by far more impressive... and imposing. We got a good start along the trail. As we climbed higher, we were surprised by the absence of snow. We encountered snow less than half an hour away from the mine site. We gave up following the trail and went up a boulder field to treeline. From there, we had the ascent gully in close proximity; the pace accelerated, we were looking forward to this snow gully and it looked fine. We put on the crampons and enjoyed a fast ascent on firm snow, all the way to the ridge crest! The ridge walk is very pleasant and the scenery is among some of the best. Pulsatilla Basin was still snowbound; we recalled our trek on the karst pavement of the vast basin last summer. The weather cooperated giving us the opportunity to take our time. Once at the summit, we took numerous pictures (Fab has a new camera) and had lunch. Returning was carefree, the best part was the glissade down the gully. I love coming down the mountain sliding on my bum; I laughed uncontrollably, like a kid! ghetto bridge
One of the ghetto bridges across the marshes.
avalanche debris
Nearing treeline we encounter old avalanche debris.
nearing treeline
Too much snow to follow the trail, we went straight up a dry boulder field.
snow gully
We planned to ascend the snow gully in the center.
looking back
Looking back on the mine site.
snow slope
We put our crampons on for this firm snow slope.
fast and direct
Very fast and direct!
looking down
Looking down the steep snow slope.
gully breaching the rockband
The snow gully easily breaches the rockband.
cresting on the ridge
Cresting on Protection Mountain's ridge.
television peak
Television Peak, the highpoint of the 7 kilometer long ridge, is now officially named Protection Mountain.
pulsatilla mountain
Pulsatilla Mountain.
armor peak
Heading to Armor Peak, the northern highpoint of the ridge.
nice ridge walk
The ridge walk is quite pleasant.
some easy scrambling
Some easy scrambling for the fun of it!
looking back
Looking back down the summit block.
summit dance
Summit dance.
cairn maintenance
A bit of maintenance.
bulwark peak
The northernmost summit of Protection Mountain's ridge, imposing Bulwark Peak.
karst basin
The amazing karst basin is a must see when snow free.
mount ball and stanley peak
Mount Ball and Stanley Peak under ominous clouds.
leaving the top
Leaving the top.
returning casually
Enjoying the scenery while returning casually.
backtracking
Backtracking on the softened snow.
good glissading
The gully offers some good glissading!
old mine site
Back to the old mine site.
back at the highway
The highway is just ahead.
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