Potts, Mount

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

Named for: Potts, Jerry (A scout and interpreter for the North West Mounted Police, Jerry Potts was of great assistance to the Force in 1874 upon their arrival in the Fort Macleod area. The mountain was named during 1974, the centennial year of the NWMP. (from peakfinder.com

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YDS Class: 
3rd Class
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Trip Date: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018
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After getting a request from Grant Myers to scramble Mount Potts and also after looking at it on our approach to Mount Denny earlier in 2018, it was on my radar for an ascent at some point this year. Kane describes this peak as "much more difficult than Denny" and even suggests combining it with that peak for a long two peak day. Normally I would be very keen on a two peak day, but Mount Denny was perfect for a trip on its own and I loved the approach trail up Grizzly Creek anyway, and didn't mind coming back.


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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 4 : you fall, you are almost dead
Difficulty Notes: 

Like getting slowly boiled, Potts starts off easy and ends hard and you're not sure how it happened. The steep, loose gully to the summit ridge is quite dangerous for rockfall and should be respected in this regard. I would not go anywhere near this route with a group of more than 2 experienced scramblers.