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East Ridge

East Ridge

East Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Alberta, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 50.77230°N / 115.325°W

Object Title: East Ridge

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Difficult Scramble

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Page By: Dow Williams

Created/Edited: Jul 12, 2005 / Mar 12, 2006

Object ID: 165830

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This is a 2900’+/- ascent day. Bike along the Burstall Pass Trail until you reach a large boulder in the center of the trail. After just a few more minutes on the trail you will notice a treed avalanche gully on your left.

Route Description

Park your bike and proceed up the right side of this avalanche gully following a decent animal trail, if you can find it, until it tops out above tree line at 7500' onto a broad avalanche area exposing the col east of Burstall. Gain this col at about 8500' and then proceed to your right, staying below the ridge on the south side, following an animal trail and then large talus to finally gain the summit ridge.

This last 350’ is the difficult portion. Follow ledges below the right side of the ridge until you find yourself below an overhanging block on the ridge itself. Continue to the left in a human size crack making a few moves to eventually gain the ridge again. Scramble up the ridge carefully to the summit.

The views to the southwest encompass Robertson, French and their glaciers. On a clear day, the views would be similar to Mount Murray and therefore include the big three in Kananaskis, Mount Sir Douglas, Mount Joffre and Mount Assiniboine. To the north are views of Mount Engadine and Mount Chester.

There was a summit register in 2004. Return the way you came. Watch the exposure on the north side of the ridge.

Essential Gear

Alpine Ax for snow patches in September. Bike, Bear Spray, Helmet, Gaiters.


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