The Joffre Range which has ten peaks over 3,ooo metres is in Peter Lougheed Provincial park. Blessed with a striking snow capped face, Mt. Joffre is the tallest peak in the World War One General group located near the border of the province of British Columbia. A scree scramble up the southeast ridge or an alpine style crampon up the snow covered east face...your choice. After decending Joffre. While you are there it is quite easy to ridge walk all the peaks in the surrounding area. Cordonnaire and Warrior are striking as well. Excellent for a 3 day weekend of climbing.
From Calgary. Head to Kananaskis. Then to the trailhead on the Upper Kananaskis Lake. Follow the trail on the left side of the lake (one hour) the ascend to Hidden lake (sometimes empty) through the forest. Follow the left hand side to the trail up an unstable scree slope to Aster lake. Then follow the glacial moraine to the left up the valley passing by Warrior, Cordonnaire, Pitan on your right. Go up and cross over the glacier and choose your preferred route.
Check in and out with the Rangers in Kananaskis. Ask about the Bears! Campfires! Pack out all you pack in.
When To Climb
The summer June to November would be preferred times.
Date: Aug 24, 2005 12:06 AM
Joffre is inside Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and camping requires a permit. A backcountry campground now exists at Aster Lake, providing a toilet (with an amazing view!) and metal bear-proof bins to store your food in. This is grizzly territory, we had one walk 20 meters from our tent in 2005 and sightings are frequent, so make sure you cook away from the tent sites and store your food in the bins at all time.
Bear activity dictates whether the camp sites are open. I had a Grizzly walk through my camp in 88.
Alpine conditions as usual. Expect all types of weather. Have experienced snow, rain, thunderstorms, beautiful sunshine all in the same day.
The Alpine Club of Canada
Joining a club such as The Alpine Club of Canada is recommended when climbing in Canada. While it is not obligatory, useful information can be had at any of their Clubhouse in Canmore, or at their website which is open to everyone.
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