|At the Castle Mountain Hut |
This weekend, after the rigors of last weekend's quad, was a more leisurely affair. We hiked up to the Castle Mountain hut, perched high on the Goat Plateau of Castle Mountain near Lake Louise. Hike is actually a bit of a misnomer - the first 4km to the Fire Lookout are most definitely a hike, thereafter, most definitely not! A rope, a helmet and some sure footed climbing/scrambling skills are essential. The hut is perched at around 8,000ft in the most incredible spot imaginable. It's a cozy affair, sleeping six at a push, but the weather was stellar, and it was a great adventure.
|The Goat Plateau - a sweet run?|
On the way down, I conjured up the notion of a sweet run/scramble - start at the Fire Lookout trailhead, run and climb up to the hut on the plateau, it's totally solo-able if you're a mountain type, run along the base of Bass buttress, Brewers Buttress, Eisenhower Tower, then scramble down from the Dragon's back to the Rockbound Lake trail - exposed in places on the downclimb, but no rope needed. From there, it would be a fast blast down to the Rockbound Lake trailhead, and back along the road to the start. This is definitely on the list now.
|The upper part of the gully before the plateau |
|Albert on the chilly downclimb this morning|
|Typical situation in the gully|