Tried frist time in maybe mid January 1997? It was horrible, but not as horrible as our unprepared group of over eager teenagers. We borught skiis, left the car at 9pm, got lost and were very cold.
Numerous times in area just skiing, and messing about. Once I piggy backs a buddies wife down on skis as she blew out her knew.
Summit took 5 hours or so with a buddy wearing sandals one day just to cross it off the list. Snow for the top few hundred feet REALLY sucked with no socks.
Excellent outing perfect conditions. Could have skied sections. 7:30 hours car to car.
An inversion layer hindered visibility, so we made the decision to hike. Poor choice! A slog through iso snow eventually had us on the summit. Butt slides most of the way down.
Mostly a very long scree plod, but the final summit cliffs and gully that breaks them is more interesting. We had about 1 metre (3 feet) of consolidated snow in the gully, made it much steeper, but more fun to climb then a loose scramble. Recommended when snow in gully, and hopefully on the scree fields too.
Good outing lost of people on the same peak. saw at least 10. Busy for this spot
What a view this mountain offers...
Highest I've been yet, but I'll beat it next trip!
My first 3000m peak in Canada, since then I have been several times on this easy and enjoyable hike.
Very fun mountain with great views. Very steep trail. Endless rubble field is easy going since rocks don't slide with every step. Counted about 20 mountains over 11,000 ft from top (some being in the Purcells). Great view of Spray Lakes and Assiniboine. 2.5 hours up, 5 hours round trip.
To the top once again. On my birthday. Was to do the Fortress but bear closures made for a change of plans. Cheers William
Excellent day out. The snow conditions made this more like a mountaineering day than a scramble. Weather cooperated wonderfully. Some of the best views I have had of the surrounding peaks such as Assiniboine. Makes Mount Lougheed seem small.
The larches still held their golden plume on this warm, late September day. Snow, likely the remains from the bout of bad weather in mid-September, began about 350-400 m below the summit (altitude 2800-2850 m). The depth was typically ankle to shin deep. The soft snow probably made it easier on the final, steep ascent to the summit. Departed 10:45 a.m. using the Read's Ridge approach and topped out at 3:45 p.m. Took a longer, alternative route via Sparrowhawk Creek descending southwest from the notch, arriving back at the trailhead at 7:15 p.m.
This was a perfect winter day, fresh snow, sunshine and low avalanche danger. Still managed to produce some whomps... on relatively low angled slopes. I climbed the standard route mostly on snowshoes but had to use crampons and ice axe on the summit block. Awesome winter views.
This was one of those weather days where you had to walk into the storm to summit. I took my trusted companion BJ on this one and hit 6' visibility and deep snow. So I anchored him down with my ice axe and pack and continued to the summit solo. Cheers!
Seems to be more than one way to get to the lower scree slopes (left or right of the rock spur). A few snowfields on the upper scree slopes before the summit block. Somewhat loose terrain on the backside to the top.