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Joy 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 10 pitches, 2000'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Season: Summer to early Fall
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Jun 23, 2011

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The south summit ridge after topping out Joy. Head...

Description 


Approach: 45 minutes
Climb: 3 - 6 hours
Descent: 1.5 - 3 hours
Car-to-Car: 5 - 9 hours
Sun: late morning through afternoon


Joy follows the incredibly striking right facing dihedral up the Mt. Indefatigable slab for nearly 2000 feet (300m)of climbing! The rock is generally very solid with excellent friction. The numerous small ledges do tend to accumulate rocks, so be wary, especially in early season. There are many very nice belays to choose from on almost every pitch. Some take a 70m rope to reach (or just a bit of simul on easy ground with a 60m). Basically, climb until you hit the end of the rope on every pitch then build a belay at the best spot. A topo is completely unnecessary for this climb, as it's impossible to get lost.

The route difficulty can vary widely from 5.4 to 5.8 depending on the line chosen. The rule of thumb is, if it's hard head horizontally from where you are. The new guidebook Canadian Rock: Select Climbs of the West calls the route 5.8. I'd say that's only true if you stay in the dihedral the entire time and purposefully avoid the slab.

The route is all gear anchors with VERY minimal fixed gear (6 pieces in 10 pitches in summer 2011).

Driving Directions, Approach, & Descent 

From Calgary:
Take Kananaskis Trail/AB-40 S for 50.0 km
Turn right onto Smith Dorrien Trail/Hwy 742 for 2.2 km
Slight left onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail for 7.6 km
Turn right to stay on Kananaskis Lakes Trail for 3.6 km
Slight left to stay on Kananaskis Lakes Trail
Park at the Interlakes Parking Area

or Google "Kananaskis Interlakes Campground" and it'll pull up right near the lake parking area.

Approach
Hike across the dam and follow the main hikers trail that parallels he lake. Do not go up past the bear closure sign on the summit trail. The approach trail is pretty flat all the way to the scree slope when the route becomes very apparent. Don't follow any smaller offshoot trails that head downhill to the lakeshore, just follow the signs with hiker symbols on them. It's pretty straightforward. 25 minutes to scree slope from car. Head up the scree to the base of the route.

Climb the large SUPER OBVIOUS dihedral. If the rock is good, it's the right dihedral. First few hundred feet can be easily walked up / solo'd

Descent
From the top of Joy, scramble up the ridge for a little bit until a very nice looking scree area presents itself on the east (climbers right). Drop onto that faint trail and follow it up on the east side of the ridge to get around the super steep gully. There is one short section of 4th class near the top marked by a HUGE cairn. From here there are two options.

Option 1: curve around the gully and proceed down the best looking scree gully, about the 3rd one. Follow this all the way back down to the trail. Be careful of sending rocks onto your partner. It's not nearly as casual as the Yam Scree Ski, but not bad.

Option 2: traverse alpine meadows across a small ridge and up onto the main hikers summit trail on the next ridge. Be very bear wary since this trail is decommissioned due to grizzly activity. Follow the donkey trail back down to the parking lot.

Protection 

Double set of cams from tiny to #1 red camalot (2"), single #2 yellow camalot (2.5"), a couple nuts, and a couple extra finger sized cams are nice depending on comfort level (0.3-0.75 camalots being the most useful). Slings.

Basically the route eats #0.3 - #0.75 cams and the rest is necessary here and there.


Photos of Joy Slideshow Add Photo
Pano shot high on Joy
Pano shot high on Joy
The dihedral sure isn't small.
The dihedral sure isn't small.
2 climbers seconding with the initial pitches spilling out below. The scenery is nothing to scoff at on this climb!
2 climbers seconding with the initial pitches spil...
Joy!
Joy!
Joy (5.6, 10 pitches, Mt. Indefatigable). Follow this dihedral all the way up! Do you see the climber at the start of the route?
BETA PHOTO: Joy (5.6, 10 pitches, Mt. Indefatigable). Follow t...
Coming down the scree shoot after climbing Joy (2011_06_22)
Coming down the scree shoot after climbing Joy (20...
Climber on the lower section of Joy
Climber on the lower section of Joy
Joy and The Shining Path approach and descent. Bear Descent is approximate since we came down the scree shoot.
BETA PHOTO: Joy and The Shining Path approach and descent. Bea...
Trail off the ridge of Joy. This is what you're looking for after topping out Joy and proceeding up the ridge for just a bit.
BETA PHOTO: Trail off the ridge of Joy. This is what you're lo...
Joy and The Shining Path approach and scree descent
Joy and The Shining Path approach and scree descen...

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