Worthington, Mount

elevation: 2,915 m. height gain: 80 m. (from Mount McHarg)
area: Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/11
2012-Sep-09


Ref: Drew and Mark in the Canadian Rockies mount worthington
Mount Worthington, no more than a scree slope!
Scramble: RT 5.5 (including Mount McHarg); 15 minutes from Mount McHarg. Whichever summit is ascended first, the following one is only a skip and a hop away! After a quick break at the top of Mount McHarg, I left for the summit of Mount Worthington. Fab decided to hang back; he didn't care much for the short stint... He cheered me on as I shortcut across the snow and plodded up the slope. I reached the summit ridge without breaking a sweat; this is definitely a bonus summit! I snapped some pictures but did not linger, the foul weather was approaching fast and I knew thunder could be involved. Hence, I rejoined with Fab and we resumed our descent. Instead of backtracking towards the pass, we cut directly through the bluffs. We stopped for a quick break at the base of the bluffs, it was sheltered and the sun was shining at that moment. We watched mountain goats for a while then continued descending. Shortly thereafter, it started raining hard. The wind was brutal and drove the moisture through our clothes in little time. To add to the excitement, loud thunder startled us as lightning lit up the sky; good thing we were almost off the mountain... We made it to camp drenched to the bone, like wet dogs! We instantly attached the tarp to some trees and exchanged our wet clothes for dry ones. Usually, we don't bring extra clothes but we came prepared expecting this scenario. After that, we focused on some hot soup and supper. Later in the evening, the sky cleared enough to reveal fresh snow on the mountaintops.

The sound of drizzle and wind on the tarp overnight was surprisingly soothing. The following morning, the rain had ceased but the cloud level was lowering fast and the wind was brisk. We gave up on the idea of scrambling Mount Putnik; we had no more extra clothes, our jackets and fleeces were still wet and the weather wasn't promising at all. We packed up and decided to leave sooner than later. The sun was filtering through the scattered clouds east of us but foul weather was creeping in fast from the west. As we reached the headwall, it started to rain again; it was sunny and raining for a short while until the clouds engulfed everything. We were happy to get to the mature trees along the trail below, they offered some shelter... Further along the trail, rain turned to graupel; that was a blessing, it was easier to stay dry. We reached the truck just ahead of some heavy rain, hail and gale winds. Overall, we feel we were lucky with this trip, despite the poor weather; it could have been a lot worse!
shortcut
Cutting across the snow.
fab is cheering me on
Fab is cheering me on as the weather moves in...
summit ridge
Reaching the summit ridge in very little time.
the royal group
The Royal Group behing Mount McHarg.
view south
Southern view.
mount joffre
Mount Joffre from the top.
mount putnik
Mount Putnik and Three Isle Lake.
leaving the top
A couple of shelters along the summit ridge.
rejoining fab
Rejoining with Fab below.
mount mcharg
Mount McHarg is more appealling than its neighbour.
defender mountain
Defender Mountain with the high plateau (left).
shortcut through the bluffs
Taking a shortcut through a weakness in the bluffs.
it's raining
It's raining by now.
looking back
Looking back at our shortcut through the bluffs.
ascent from earlier
Earlier, we ascended climber's left of the large snow patch.
thunder and pouring rain
Pouring rain and loud thunder; we squeezed these summit visits in!
it's miserable
It's miserable, I put away the camera to protect it.
fresh snow
By 7 PM, the sky cleared enough to reveal fresh snow.
the following morning
Monday morning, the cloud level is lowering quickly as poor weather moves in again.
poor weather on the way
The sun is shinning ahead as the clouds engulf us from behind.
more rain
Yep, it's raining again!
the trail offers some shelter
At least the trail offers some shelter on the way out...
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