Mt. Yamnuska area
Climbed on Yamnuska and Nanny Goat (Mt Loder), Monday, June 15. Routes seemed mainly dry and the descent trails are in good condition. Temperatures fluctuated throughout the day (roughly 10-14°c) with intermittent cloud cover and moderate-strong wind gusts. With the wind we were extra aware of rockfall potential, and made a communication plan in the event we couldn't hear one another between belay stances. The shifting weather these past two weeks serves as a good reminder that— despite nearing summer solstice— parties should be prepared for cold conditions, especially in the case of a delay.
We saw several parties arriving at the base of the Yam cliffs, and the trailhead parking lot was completely full when we returned early afternoon. Of course this adds an additional consideration to climbing plans (or any outdoor activity) in the era of COVID. Single track trails present more friction in maintaining physical spacing, which remains a provincial recommendation. Something like the Yam alpine traverse funnels every user through a single point which requires hands-on-rock to navigate. Trends are very different this year as to when trailheads are heavily trafficked (its not just weekends at this point, we were reminded), so seeking out less popular areas is a good option no matter the day of the week.
We continue to recreate with the expectation of being self sufficient, with the awareness any emergency situation brings first responders into close contact with others. Extra layers, early starts, conservative choices. It is good to be back in the mountains!