Dave Edgar and I teamed up to climb Eisenhower Tower on the south portion of the
mountain. Start out on Rockbound Lake Trail and then venture off to the left to gain the
SW ridge. We took less than 4 hours from the parking lot to the summit via the south
skyline and dragon's back. About 9 full pitches total, but you can use some running belay.
We moved fast due to inclement weather (Temple snowed in this day). There was still a
snow patch on the rappel route (covering one station) which was slightly west from our
Early morning on the trail we were treated to a Fisher (weasel family). We had a great
look at him. Very gray Hoary Marmot on way up as well. A bald eagle soared and
screamed from below to above us as we were on the rock giving us great views as it
caught the streams. And we were buzzed no less than 5 times by search and rescue as
they searched in vain for a missing small aircraft (never found!). An osprey is nesting and
feeding its young on the bridge over the Bow River. A golden mantle squirrel chewed on
Dave's backpack as we suited up. It was just a wildlife sort of day. We had a great view of
Pilot Mountain despite cloud cover.
Steve Fedyna and I climbed it again in July, 2004, switching leads. Enjoying the weather
and each other's company, we took 12 hours versus the 8 that Dave and I accomplished.
So plan on variation in times. Steve and I used 2 ropes for 60 meter rappels, but I
suggest 1 rope for weight and the lack of steepness of the pitches. The rappel is straight
west from where you top out on the route. You will find 2 solid bolts by scrambling down
5-10 meters off the southwest edge. You can go right or left at several locations on the
ascent, I prefer to stay right. Avoid the water worn gully.