Located in the Joffre Range which has ten peaks over 3,ooo metres in newly created Height of the Rockies Provincial park. Basically a scramble up the southeast ridge, Mt. Cordonnier is a peak in the World War One General group located near the border of the province of British Columbia, named of the WWI French General Emilien V. Cordonnier. While you are there it is quite easy to ridge walk to some of the other peaks in the surrounding area, notably Warrior. These two make for an excellent 3 day weekend of climbing/scrambling.
Elevation gain from camp at Aster Lake 700 metres
Red TapeCheck in and out with the Rangers at the station you pass on the left in Kananaskis. Ask about the Bears! Campfires! Pack out all you pack in.
This route and many others are well described in the guidebook Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane. Page 169
When To ClimbThe summer June to November are preferred times.
CampingIts ok to enter when the park is open. Bear activity dictates whether the camp sites are open. I had a Grizzly walk through my camp in 88. A good piece of equipment is a watertight bag to put all your food. Then you can place it underwater in Aster Lake with rocks on it to not attract the bears.
Update in 2005. Bear bins are now at Astor Lake as well as a toilet.
Mountain ConditionsLike any mountain area expect every type of condition. I personally have witnessed rain, snow, hail and bright sunshine all in the same day.
The Alpine Club of CanadaJoining 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 main Clubhouse in Canmore, or at their website which is open to everyone.