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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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We scrambled Castle Towers west summit with kids during the long Labour Day weekend on September 2-4, 2017 (three days, two nights). We did not bring any glacier walking gear or ropes on the trip and still made it to the summit and back safely.

I was a bit frustrated to find the summit register empty with a big round hole punctured on one side. It was the first time I saw the summit register violated this way. I would have brought a new register myself had I known this earlier. I was also a bit surprised that we did not meet anyone on the Castle Towers ridge and mountain despite the fact that this was a long weekend and the weather was perfect. We could have missed someone on the huge boulder field though, as I did feel some funny smoke smell close to the summit. I am curious to know if anyone actually scrambled Castle Towers on the same day as we did - September 3, 2017, or was it a wildfire smoke?

The full trip report with pictures is here.
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After a such a dry summer the glaciers still look a whole lot healthier than 2015...
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After a such a dry summer the glaciers still look a whole lot healthier than 2015...
Helm glacier surely looked ugly - all dirt, ice, and crevasses, but fortunately, you do not have to walk on glaciers to reach Castle Towers summit, so who cares even if they look ugly and crevassed?
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really enjoyed this TR and you doing it with two kids. That's they way to instill a spirit of adventure in them, well done!. Great pics, haven't been that way for many years.

You see crowberry often way up in the Rockies and Purcells, but I've not spotted them much on the coast. High elev rocky tundra in the Purcells near Jumbo Pass, we'd collect a bunch and make jam after a lot of boiling, but lousy jam , sometimes mixed up in the Rockies with bearberry. Em (upon) Petrum (Rock)

Any chance of you posting your GPS track? Always useful in case we haul ourselves up there.
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really enjoyed this TR and you doing it with two kids. That's they way to instill a spirit of adventure in them, well done!. Great pics, haven't been that way for many years.

You see crowberry often way up in the Rockies and Purcells, but I've not spotted them much on the coast. High elev rocky tundra in the Purcells near Jumbo Pass, we'd collect a bunch and make jam after a lot of boiling, but lousy jam , sometimes mixed up in the Rockies with bearberry. Em (upon) Petrum (Rock)

Any chance of you posting your GPS track? Always useful in case we haul ourselves up there.
The Google Earth map below is based on GPS track - the blue marker is a way there and red marker is a way back. All the tips on how to stay on the right track are in the TR.

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Great read, pics, and well-documented... impressive all the more with a couple Billy Goats in tow.
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The Google Earth map below is based on GPS track - the blue marker is a way there and red marker is a way back. All the tips on how to stay on the right track are in the TR.
Thanks much, yes, your TR is nicely descriptive and that's a very helpful screen grab.

Hope you post more TR's. In an era when parents barely let their kids play on monkey bars at school, your adventures with your children are inspiring.
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Thanks much, yes, your TR is nicely descriptive and that's a very helpful screen grab.

Hope you post more TR's. In an era when parents barely let their kids play on monkey bars at school, your adventures with your children are inspiring.
Thanks! I will post a few TRs later, but there is nothing as adventurous as Castle Towers among our latest trips. Sorting out and uploading pics/videos takes a lot of time.
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Nice TR. A group of us were actually up there that weekend but took a really stupid wrong turn off the end of Gentian Ridge which scuppered our plans. Live and learn... I'm 100% going back next summer!

Question: what's the blue route near the area where you gain Gentian Ridge on the Helm side? I really did not enjoy it that section up or down and the blue route looks less steep (maybe?).
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What an awesome trip, and to do with kids. Hard to believe someone would damage the summit register, ??

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Thanks for sharing this incredible trip report. Really inspiring to see you taking your kids on this and them doing it.
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Nice TR. A group of us were actually up there that weekend but took a really stupid wrong turn off the end of Gentian Ridge which scuppered our plans. Live and learn... I'm 100% going back next summer!

Question: what's the blue route near the area where you gain Gentian Ridge on the Helm side? I really did not enjoy it that section up or down and the blue route looks less steep (maybe?).
Please ignore the blue route near the Gentian/Helm ridge - it shows our pathfinding error - an ascent to the ridge on the very steep and loose scree between Opal Cone and Helm Glacier. You should follow the red route and gain the ridge near Helm Peak and Helm Horn - this route is also steep but it is covered with grass and is easier to ascend. Once you gain the ridge just walk it towards the saddle leading to Gentian Pass. You can see Castle Towers from this saddle and it is pretty obvious how to gain the Polemonium ridge to Castle Towers from there. Please let me know if this helps.
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Absolutely incredible! Those pics are awesome! I was thinking of doing Castle Towers via Panorama Ridge as a 2-day excursion, of course next year. Thanks for the inspiration, those views are stunning!


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