Here are two scrambles in the Bow Valley, close to home - Gap Peak and Anklebiter.
Scrambling up Gap Peak
So, Gap Peak isn't really called out in any of the Scrambles books, and I think for good reason. From this point
out of the trees, it's actually a whole lot of scree and talus. This cliff band is neat to look at, but we went around
it to the right.
A look down to the Bow Valley showing Carl on the ridge of scree.
Both of these two scrambles had gorgeous views of Grotto Mountain.
When we got up past the cliff band in the first photo, we had to go around the second cliff band underneath it.
Carl thought that was pretty neat.
The other side of this cliff was definitely climbable limestone.
Once we got up and around the cliff bands, there was some of the worst talus I've ever been on for easily a km.
Due to this section, I would strongly discourage this scramble since there are so many other good scrambles that
don't require this kind of talus. This is looking back along the ridge above the talus.
Finally, after breaking free of the ridge line, there was a gorgeous walk along the rib, and then some interesting
scrambling until you get to the summit.
A look at our track. We got way off-route when Carl decided that the scree he was on was 'easier' than following the trail back to
the route we took up the mountain. Thankfully, we didn't wind up cliffed out on this day, but it could have been pretty bad.
We decided for a short training outing to go up Anklebiter Ridge, the last portion of the Bow Valley
to the north that we haven't done yet other than Grotto West. Here's the view to the BayMag plant.
A look back at the two cliff bands on Gap Peak. This makes it a lot more evident the best way
to go on this route.