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Based on my broad experience, the Canadian Rockies offer the finest collection of “true” alpine climbs in the world. As a result, one will also find an endless supply of “scramble” routes offered to various summits in and around the more extensive alpine climbing environs of glaciers, icefields and rock. Scrambles afford full time climbers like myself the opportunity to experience the explosive Canadian Rocky wilderness without always being “on the job”. I have utilized scramble objectives to fill in the rock and ice shoulder seasons. Attempting scrambles in inclement weather or conditions can at times replicate alpine climbing technique and conditions.
Several books have been published showcasing several hundred scrambles from Waterton National Park on the US border to Jasper National Park to the north. This entire section of the Rockies straddles the continental divide which also serves as the border between British Columbia and Alberta. The most popular of these guide books is Alan Kane’s “Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies”, serving as a lifelong tic list for the most avid scrambler.
Listing routes with no first hand experience available is not what this page is about. Rather the listing involves “first hand accounts only” by scramblers in the Canadian Rockies. The scrambles will be listed via their respective “areas” (i.e. Skoki). The areas will be listed in descending order of East to West. The order within the specific area will be maintained alphabetically. I can assure you that this listing only scratches the surface of what is available come April through October up and down the central Canadian Rockies. I personally attempt to climb 20 scrambles per summer and fall and still have plenty more to experience.
Mount Lady MacDonald
Mount Lawrence Grassi
EEOR (East end of Mount Rundle)