Mount Buller

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Mount Buller
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,805 m (9,203 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 975 m (3,199 ft)
  • Distance: 11.5 km / Round Trip (7.1 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 9.6°
  • Estimated Time: 4.5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Since Mount Cline was 2 day trip, I still had 1 more day to enjoy the good weather for the August long weekend. I decided to go for Mount Buller.

Approach:
My route is little different from Kane's but I think my route is easier to figure out. The problem I had with Kane's route was where to go off-trail. So what I did was stayed on Buller Pass trail until the second bridge (waypoint "Bridge 2" at GR186392). I didn't across the bridge but that is where I went off-trail.

To Col:
After 5 min or so I came to dried up drainage which I believe different drainage than described in Kane's (page 3). I scrambled up this solid rocks to gain elevation until near the treeline where I saw big slab slope ahead. I slowly traversed toward left to get on Kane's route which leads to the col. This gully to the col was quite terrible. Loose, hard, steep, slabby... It was not fun.

To the Summit:
Lower half was just fine from the col. The problem started about 2/3 of the way up when it changed from a rubble slope to a slab slope (page 7, 8). The slab section was bit tricky. I think this peak is moderate for only people who are ok with slab. If you are not comfortable, I think you should consider this peak as difficult scrambling.

After the slab section things got easier. All I had to do was traverse a short ridge from false summit to the true summit.

Descent:
This time I decided to follow the gully from the col, but it became quite nasty after a while (page 13), so I went back to the drainage I took on the way up. I like that drainage far better.

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I think this is the result of controlled fire last summer?

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Despite I never be able to memorize how to spell drainage, I like this drainage.

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Here comes unpleasant gully to the col.

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The false summit.

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What a day.

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Slab section.

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More slab.

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The true summit.

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As always the view around here is so awesome. I want to do peak pointers but I am so behind with my updates, I will pass this time.

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Spray Lakes.

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Beautiful blue.

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Different drainage. Wasn't a good idea.


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