Commonwealth Peak GR:164276

elevation: 2,775 m. height gain: 850 m.
area: Smith-Dorrien/Spray Area,AB map 82 J/14
2010-Oct-11


Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies mud lake
Commonwealth Peak (center) from the trailhead.
Scramble: RT 7.25; 3.75 up. The sunny weather enticed us in the region again. This scramble is not too demanding, we embraced a casual but steady pace. We brought our bikes for the short approach. After stashing them, we hiked on the trail to the flats. We crossed the log bridge and aimed for the ascent gully on the other side of the marsh. We only sank ankle deep in a few sections; soon we reached the start of the faint trail. The climb through light timber is quick. Past treeline, grasses lead way almost to the col. We were fortunate that cold temperature and moisture stiffened the rubble on the upper mountain, although more ice could have sent us back home... We gained the saddle at the base of the scramble. A skiff of snow made it less than ideal, yet there was very little ice on the rock; we carefully proceeded. The summit ridge is narrow in places and the top is not roomy. After taking some pictures and enjoying the moment, we carried on to the bottom of the scramble where we sprawled out and took a good break, sheltered, in the sun. I found the scrambling thrilling. This outing is pleasant, accompanied by picturesque scenery. marsh crossing
Crossing the marsh towards the ascent drainage.
faint trail
Following a faint trail through light timber.
col ahead
Heading for the col.
great view
Quickly gaining elevation.
at the col
At the col, beautiful view all around.
scree ramp
Starting up the obvious scree ramp.
looking down
Looking back.
hidden gully
Just traversed in the hidden gully.
almost there
Climbing towards the saddle and 15-meter scramble.
superb day
Stunning view of the glaciers along the way.
firm rubble
Cold temperature and moisture firmed up the loose rubble.
scramble
The scramble.
smile
Stopping for a picture with Mount Sir Douglas behind.
narrow ridge
Arms out for balance, this is narrow.
last bit
Seconds away from the top.
at the top
Small cairn on a cramped summit but the view is great.
north-west view
Mount Assiniboine stands out in the distance.
heading back
Heading back.
down the scramble
 At the top of the scramble.
pig's tail and birdwood
Traversing back towards Pig's Tail and Mount Birdwood.
down to the marsh
The upper slope was fast, deep plunging.
last look
A very pleasant outing on a cool fall day.
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