Climbed alone on a crisp october day, with pretty much no info except for what was on here. Route finding on the way up was a bit of a drama. I missed the climb up to the ridge and so had to correct myself further up the main rockfall part. I was dreading down climbing some of the more exposed sections I climbed up, but luckily, after getting myself up onto the ridge I found some trail markers.
Get onto the ridge as soon as you can, because I found no markers signalling the trail up onto the ridge aside from a string of pink tape on the ground when I was coming down.
But, aside from that (and a bit of loose rock) the climb was awesome, and the views were outstanding!
Second attempt successful. First time we had to turn back from the exposed snow ramp.
Great scramble with beautiful vistas form the top.
Came up just short of the summit this time. Approach shoes worked well on the big slabs but as a storm approached from the west was best to bail. Lots of snow on the last bit which was hidden from the road. Proper boots and or crampons would have been good. The 30 foot down climb section which is normally good was also snow covered in some key sections. Good day out just the same. Got soaked as it rained on the way down thankfully after we had got off of the slabs and into the trees.
Good outing crappy footing for part of the rout. 3 hours up. 2 hours down. was a lot quicker than I expected. Trick spots easier as well. Good day all around. Cheers William
Fantastic scramble with great views all around. Unlike other mountains close to Canmore, we had the mountain to ourselves and like others, we climbed up the ridge to avoid the scree. If you do this one definitely stick with the ridge. We had a great time climbing up and over all the obstacles on the way to the top!
Stuck to the ridge on the way up, which I would definitely recommend. I dodged the step on the way down by bashing down the "scree" for about 100m until it was possible to get back on the ridge. The "scree" was a mix of loose rubble, sandy slabs, and compact soil. Not much fun, but tolerable for a short bit.
Climbed this one alone after Canada day in 2005. Took 2:20 up and 1:40 down. The scramble itself wasn't particularly memorable but it was nice to finally scramble up this peak which really dominates above the town of Canmore and just begs to be climbed.
Gerrit Wyna summited on his third attempt in perfect conditions.
Stuck to the ridge proper and found some exhilarating climbing probably in the low class 5 range. This was one of my greatest days in the mountains.
My dad attempted this with me but turned around when we got to the ridge. I attempted to bypass the snow on the North Face by soloing above it on the rock. It didn't work and I ended up soloing to the top of the pinnacle and traversing my way back to the beginning of the traverse on top of the pinnacle. I then kicked my way across in deep post holes using walking sticks as a belay. At one point the post holes, my feet were in, gave out and I was only saved by the belay provided by my two waking sticks.
My father attempted it two more times. The second time it almost killed him. The third time he summited on my birthday Aug 18 2002(?) He was 56 years old.
According to the summit register, I was the 2nd person up in 2003. I find that hard to believe, but conditions were late snow which makes this route actually quite difficult and exposed at the top. I did not take crampons, but my predecessor did. I found using his steps helpful. I preferred the ridge the whole way which avoided literally all scree. I used the ridge as my decent as well (some down climbing), which of course took longer than the scree as well. I made the summit in 3 hours and lolly gagged at the top and on the way down. Views were great!