Mount Rundle Traverse, III, 5.5

Mount Rundle Traverse, III, 5.5, Mount Rundle, Banff National Park, July, 2009 (solo ascent, 13hrs)


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Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr - Jul 23, 2009 1:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Impressive solo

Good job Dow. The view of this last peak would turn around most folks.

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Jul 24, 2009 9:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Impressive solo

thanks Bill, I concur, but the main peak looked as menancing on approach...they always look worse than they are..except yesterday...I was climbing a full on waterfall (Drop Out), clinging to mud and wet rock through a 5.9 chimney....after 9 hard fought pitches....finally forced to a contrived retreat on a 70m rope...can it get more miserable? or more fantastical? ah, the quintessential question...cheers man

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr - Jul 24, 2009 11:56 am - Voted 10/10

The level of Challenge

is the quintessential question - it can feel good to get turned back as that raises the value of the activity. A climb can be boring or feel cheap if things go too easily. Of course lots of good challenges and some of the best quality suffering can be found in the Canadian Rockies.
Take care.

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Jul 24, 2009 12:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: The level of Challenge

Well said in such few words...unusual to communicate with someone who comprehends my attraction to the wild and imperfect (by mans standards) Canadian Rockies...cheers Bill, lets get out again soon...

Mazi88 - Aug 23, 2014 12:51 am - Hasn't voted

Peak 11

Hey Dow, please could you describe the route in the last stretch of Peak 11 in little more details? I ended up running up and down underneath the very top of the headwall for one hour trying to find some 5.5 terrain :) then I took my climbing shoes on and climbed one of the corners - 5.7 at least, though.
Also worth mentioning that keeping too close to the ridge after descending the gully on the way from Peak 10 brings you also to steeper terrain that is not so comfy anymore - did rappel from the nut(that someone left there before) to get away from too steep slabs.

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