GR070840

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GR070840
  • Location: Banff National Park (Townsite)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,786 m (9,141 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,450 m (4,757 ft)
  • Distance: 17.7 km / Round Trip (11.0 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 9.3°
  • Estimated Time: 6.5-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Hard
Pink line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS. We could only made to the false peak. There was a ridge of death between true and false peak, and if you attempt to go to the true peak, I suggest to take different ridge. In GPX, I added my suggestion route.

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Morning calmness at Lake Minnewanka and Mount Rundle far behind.

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Crossing over Cascade River.

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Deep canyon and a good place for climbers.

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Finally getting out of a long drainage walking…

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Hummm drainage then rubble… (TωT)

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Snow makes mountains prettier. Love it.

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The closer peak is false peak GR070840. Excellent slope for crazy carpeting.

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I guess mountains around here tend to be cliffy and have amphitheatre like this. Cascade Mountain is a good example.

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Looking down south.

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Once get on this ridge you can't go to east to the ridge leads to the true summit because of this cliff. This ridge takes to the false summit and only way to go to the true summit from here is to take the ridge of death which you will see later.

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Checking on slope for descent. Moderate carpeting. There is just enough snow to carpet, nice!

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It was 8 men team, and first time hiking with 4 of them. Heather in picture was one of them. Not that I have hiked with many people, but she is the fastest female I have ever hiked with. If I am not 100% she can beat me for sure. I was very Impressed.

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In afternoon thin clouds moved in and made sky more colorful. I don't know where the orange color come from.

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View from the false summit was still super. Mouse over to see names.

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The other side of panorama view.

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This is the ridge of death that connects to the true summit from here. It was as narrow as the narrowest part of Mount Lady Macdonald but it was not flat like Lady's and rocks look loose as well. I uploaded high-resolution picture to look at it for you Mark, the ridge walker. Click on magnifying glass icon.

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Even the false summit was bit narrow and tiny for 8 peeps.

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Summit picture. From left: Jason, Ali, Ben, Ken, Heather, Andrea and Me. Sorry Joanna, I should have counted before I took picture… Oops

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Wind picked up at the summit, we were trying to find a place to avoid wind.

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Time to go home for rest of members but me. It's time to carpet!!


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