Mount Burstall

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Mount Burstall
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,760 m (9,056 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 980 m (3,215 ft)
  • Distance: 10.8 km / Round Trip (6.7 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 10.3°
  • Estimated Time: 4-7 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.2b
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Red line is the actual track I took up to where I went which was recorded by my GPS.

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Burstall is known for Burstall pass which is among the best trail in Kananaskis I heard. I did it in winter when it was snowing and I couldn't see anything. But today our goal was summit of Mount Burstall.

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Giant backbone. We scrambled this one and spent bet playing with the bone. This beast was mean and scary. Actually you can see Mark on the bone if you look closer.

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At the steep physically demanding slope, we see more steep hill. That's the way to the peak.

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4 bumps. Only 3 of them has name. Mouse over.

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Looking down the slope.

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At the ridge close to the peak, where it got narrower and exposed.

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Last bit of ridge. This ridge where Mark is standing, I suggest to go around… Trust me. At the end of the ridge, there is a little drop where you have to lower your body to the exposed ridge where there isn't many good holding and yet rocks are loose and easily break off. Anyway as I was approaching the big rock slab sticking out, I thought, "Ohhhhh S###!!, I am not going to scramble up that beast!" But now I think about it, there isn't much different where I was standing and standing on the top of the slab. It's only add 15 more meter to fall, out of how many hundred meter of drop at this point?
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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But we went around the big slab.

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Last scramble to the peak!
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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The view from the peak was awesome!! Mouse over to see names.

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East side. Again mouse over.

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Group picture. Ali, Mark and me.

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That is the ridge we come up.

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When I was enjoying the view, I saw a person. A woman. This mountain is rated difficult and only capable scramblers come here. The route we took is from scramble book and this peak is surrounded by cliffs except the way we came up. I didn't see anybody ahead of us, so I was like "My god, where did she come from???" Look where she is!!

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Earth shoot.

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A party of 4 came from the hardcore route. As far as I could tell, the slope where they came was like 70 degrees, and they weren't carrying rope which means they were not climbers, they were scramblers like us.

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Look at the woman. I wouldn't surprised if she has grand kids, yet she came up on the hardcore route… There are always crazier ones.

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Party is over. Going back the narrow ridge.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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Who does that? Mark is standing with one foot on a pointy ridge where both sides has drop to the heaven, just for the picture. The death is less than one step away.
(Photo by Ali Shariat)

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Ali and death hole if you fall.

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Everyone, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!! M m m M m Mr. Bean's coming towards us!!!


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