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April 14, 2010
Yes, this is the Kananaskis Blog, but Tony wrote that nice little "Popular Hikes in the Rockies" book, and this is in it, so...
You can see my blog write up here for more info.
The reason I put it up here is to suggest that in a "post flood" world (and Stanley Glacier did not get hit hard), I suspect it easier to come up the centre to get to the headwall, and descend the north side. This is opposite to what Tony recommends. The centre is fairly easy to get up, very slippery to get down. The north side (the left as you're heading up) is easy to get up and down, but the access to the easiest route is "missing" in a rockfall. Obvious on the way down, hard to find on the way up. At the split, lots and lots and lots of cairns direct you across the rockfall and up the centre. So it's good to go that way.
The other option is quite valid: heading up to the bat cave on the obvious trail then traversing across on the obvious trail to the headwall, then descending the north side.
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