Eagle Mountain

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Eagle Mountain
  • Location: Banff National Park (Townsite)
  • Activity: Ski Touring
  • Height: 2,820 m (9,252 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,340 m (4,397 ft)
  • Distance: 12.9 km / Round Trip (8.0 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 11.7°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Hard
I was invited to Beather’s trip at the last minutes. Knowing weather forecast, I thought they were crazy but I was also stupid enough to get excited and decided to join.

Our objective was Eagle Mountain. Confusingly Sunshine also call this peak “Goat’s Eye Mountain”. They also call two peaks south of Eagle, “The Eagles”, which is really Mount Howard Douglas…

Anyway Ben, Heather and Brad and I headed out to Sunshine. I have met Brad few weeks ago at the summit block of Hector. That’s right, I kicked him out from summit LOL. Weather was promisingly bad. Driving from Banff to Sunshine it was raining hard. Luckily rain became wet snow as we gained elevation to the parking lot.

We pretty much made use of ski hill’s runs to get to the summit. After the end of Goat’s Eye lift, we weren’t too sure about snow condition but after days of discussion, we felt ok to go. Like Ben suspected, near north edge, snow was much less and about 30 to 50 cm of single layer new snow from a week-long rain we had.

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Fresh snow!!

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We marched in a good pace still we had 500 m to go from here.

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Weather slowly improved, I wasn't counting on it but it actually got better and better. Mount Monarch in distance.

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Last 200 m above the chair lift.

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Let's go!

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Marchin'

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Near the summit.

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Ben still marching.

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Summit view.

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Mount Howard Douglas.

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Crazy creature Header enjoying maybe the last skiing for this season.

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Brad at the end of the only skiable and enjoyable snow we had. Below this snow was too heavy couldn't even turn.

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Brad carefully crossing a creek. After a week of rain and melting snow, falling into creek meant death.


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