Roberta, Mount


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Friday, October 11, 2013
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Easy scrambling up steep grassy / forested slopes. Some brief and minor exposure on the summit block.

Trip Report

Wietse and I decided to take advantage of a nice day on Friday, October 11 just before the long weekend with an easy scramble up Roberta Peak near the Highwood Pass area in Kananaskis Country.


The day started off exciting when we saw 4 grizzlies digging for breakfast along highway 40! Thank goodness they weren't anywhere near our trail head or we may have switched objectives... :)



The ascent of Roberta itself was made more interesting when we cut off the approach road too early and bushwhacked an extra 1km for no reason. You should park at the gate along highway 40, just before the parking lot to Elbow Lake / Gap Mountain on the west (right) side of the highway. Roberta is right across from Gap Mountain. Follow the road over Pocaterra Creek for about 5-10 minutes and you'll hit a junction (we turned into the bush already before we got to that junction!!). Turn left at the junction and follow the road until you can just spot a large, clear gully to the col on Roberta (about 1km). Bushwhack for 10-15 minutes to this gully and ascend it on steep grassy slopes on climber's left to the col. The peak is about 70 meters to climber's left of the col.


We had some snow which made things a bit interesting but this is a very short, easy outing with great views over the Kananaskis Lakes area. Views of Fox, Putnik, Sarrail, Warspite, Indefatigable and many other familiar peaks were stunning with the fresh snow and swirling clouds. Our round trip time of just over 3 hours includes the summit stay and an extra 1km of bushwhacking on ascent - this is NOT a full day outing... :)


[Part of a family of 4 grizzlies that we saw eating breakfast along highway 40 around Wedge Pond]

[They were not small!]

[Mama wasn't too keen on us - she's the darker and larger one.]

[Bushwhacking over 1km for nothing was fun. :)]

[Views towards Mount Sarrail.]

[Upper Kananaskis Lake with The Turret rising dramatically above on the left.]

[Mount Fox is still one of my favorite scrambles]

[Finally out of the trees and on the grassy slopes on climber's left of the gully to the col.]

[Looking north up Highway 40, you can just spot the parking area near the shadow of Roberta at center bottom.]

[View west from the col.]

[Looking south over Pocaterra Ridge towards Mount Rae and Arethusa.]

[Wietse ascends the ridge to the summit from the col.]

[Looking back (south) at Pocaterra.]

[There's a small gap just before the main summit. The climbing route may come up the wall on the left here but I'm not 100% certain of that.]

[Panorama from the summit looking towards Pocaterra, Fox, Kananaskis Lakes and highway 40 north. ++]

[Looking east and south over Pocaterra Ridge and Peak. ++]

[A zoomed in pano of the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes and many peaks that I've ascended. ++]

[Mount Sarrail looms over Rawson Lake.]

[Not many people ascend Mount Putnik (c).]

[Vern, on the summit of Mount Roberta - Gap Mountain in the background.]

[Wietse descends to the col.]

[The snow made the descent quite quick on the grassy slope.]

[Back on the road / Pocaterra ski trail.]

[The best fall views of the day were at Barrier Lake on the drive home. ++]

[One more fall color photo from Barrier Lake.]


As of Sept 2017, the 1949 Summit Register is missing. The mason jar is still there.

That's too bad Rick! Hopefully someone replaces it and turned the old one in.

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