This is the approach area for scramblers seeking the upper tarn and the somewhat popular NoSeeUm Peak, for which this area is named. Indeed, it was a scramblers blog that revealed the headwall boulder to the maker of this guide. While the weather may not cooperate in Alberta at all times for climbing, this spot may reveal a days or afternoons worth of moderate distraction for those already in the area, those seeking a good weather refuge when all other areas are deluged, or just a change of scenery. Climbing can be begun with some post-holing as early as May, and into the late fall, depending on snowfall. Be aware that avalanches of snow can occur early on in the season, as well as rock-fall down the gullies at anytime. You will most likely not encounter people, and it is always a good idea to carry bear spray in the Parks. One or two pads may suffice, or three for luxury, for most problems. A spotter is always recommended. As always climbing is an inherently risky activity and it is the responsibility of the reader to follow their own good judgement regarding such activities.
Just west of Lake Louise, drive 20 minutes north of the Banff Park Gate (after paying your fee), and pass two pull-outs on the right at the creek,; proceed to Mosquito Creek Campground on the left, and park there. Walk back south 1000m along highway to the trail head you passed that looks like a pullout (It is NOT RECOMMENDED to park at the gravel area with the culvert, or the smaller spot south, as Parks Canada Personnel may issue a ticket/ warning for parking at an "undesignated parking area". (Fair Warning…though one was never issued)
Note: also there is no cellular reception beyond the gate!
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