Burstall Pass Peak

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Burstall Pass Peak
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,793 m (9,164 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 m (3,281 ft)
  • Distance: 19.1 km / Loop (11.9 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 6.0°
  • Estimated Time: 7-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Pink line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS. Our descent route is better for ascent. Easier to leave Burstall Pass trail before steeper uphill just before the end of pass and aim towards south.

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While waiting for Ali to take his jacket off, I made an advertisement for my website.

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Perfect timing to arrive at a wetland just SW of Burstall Lakes. Mount Robertson on the left and Whistling Rock Ridge on the right. Robertson Glacier between them.

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There was 10 to 15 cm of fresh snow but Burstall Pass was nicely pounded underneath until near the end of the pass.

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Burstall Pass is my favorite hiking trail in K. Country and I could not wait to come here in winter.

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Going up the col to the end of Burstall Pass. This was really the only place I concerned avalanche little bit. If you take our descent route (approach from south), you can avoid here.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Up on the col between Snow Peak and Burstall Pass Peak. Lovely!!

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Burstall Pass Peak.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Low and fast moving clouds came and went by repeatedly.

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Looking at Burstall Pass Peak. Luckily, the ascent route is dry.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Went over small hills to get to the peak.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Not quite sunny day as weather forecast said, but still a nice weather. Looking at mountains in BC.

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Ali following my path. Snow Peak on the left was covered by low clouds.

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180 degree panorama from top of ridge on Burstall Pass Peak.

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There were 4 peaks and we didn't and still don't know which is actually the tallest peak. According to my GPS, second most south and the most south end peaks were the tallest, but you can do them all to be sure. Each peak was only 3 min a part.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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West side of ridge was exposed bit. It was perfect chance to push Ali off the cliff and make it like it was an accident.

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Traversing meadow toward Whistling.

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Mount Birdwood and Mount Smuts behind.


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