Home / Beautiful Century, May 2016 
- pitches: 7
- car elevation: 1296m
- base: +168m = 1465m
- top: +283m = 1748m
- car-to-car: 8h06 (start 11:12)
- approach: 1h09
- lunch: 0h27
- climbing: 4h07
- descent: 1h54
- average time to lead pitch: 25min
- average time to follow pitch: 13min
After failing to find Rundlehorn on Monday (argh!), I asked Justin for suggestions of climbs that he had done. One of his suggestions was Beautiful Century, a 7-pitch sport climb within my desired grade range. There was a bit of sandbagging with respect to the approach time. We're pretty spoiled with respect to approach times in Ontario; 1 hour-plus approaches seem to be standard in Alberta.
The approach to the area starts near the Francis Cooke Regional Class 3 Landfill. The obvious way is through the landfill, but there's an enclosing perimeter fence and you can see the actual path outside the fence. Fortunately, the landfill staff let us out the padlocked gate with wishes for a good hike. Saved us some backtracking.
Unlike for Rundlehorn, finding the base of the climb was only mildly challenging. (I'm pretty sure I got to within 200m of the base of Rundlehorn, but never figured out in which direction to take those 200m). After decreasing backpack weight by eating lunch, we started climbing at 1:15pm.Random impressions:
- probably have too much stuff in backpack.
- got to the first anchors and felt like I forgot how to climb: the first pitch is definitely sandbagged at 5.8 (slab, not quite enough hands) and then I had to remember how to set up the anchor.
- turns out that it was only the midpoint anchors for rappeling; you could go on to the real first anchors, but that makes a long pitch, especially with challenging terrain lower down. I'd recommend splitting into two pitches if it's been a while since climbing that kind of route.
- pitch 2 crux described as a no-hands mantle after a traverse. Justin found it out of character with the rest of the route (i.e. harder). It was, but I didn't find it that bad.
- except for pitch 4, the difficulty was homogeneous. I found the 5.8 pitches to be harder than the 5.9 pitches in general. The line wanders, but Justin points out that all lines in the Rockies wander if they're not just 5.3 scrambles.
- excellent Yamnuska views; route stayed in the shade for us. Didn't see any ticks.
- 20160517 111230631 goats behind dump
- 20160517 115928334 HDR kananaskis county
- 20160517 122111309 slabby
- 20160517 122636027 mp
- 20160517 124808704 HDR looking up at beautiful century
- 20160517 124818898 mp tying in
- 20160517 130355087 tiny flowers shot on lead
- 20160517 131426943 atop p1 half
- 20160517 131430436 forgot how to anchor
- 20160517 131433267 HDR easier terrain
- 20160517 133136521 mp hauling pack
- 20160517 135457130 looking across coire dubh
- 20160517 135500814 kananaskis again
- 20160517 140440639 HDR upcoming crux
- 20160517 143155256 steadily improving k county views