Mount Norquay

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Mount Norquay
  • Location: Banff National Park (Townsite)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,522 m (8,275 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,120 m (3,675 ft)
  • Distance: 7.5 km / Round Trip (4.7 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 16.6°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.3b (Harder route)
  • Fitness Level: Hard
Mount Norquay with CSMC. Not so attractive objective but decided to do it. One thing to mention, I rated this peak as the most difficult scrambling category due to off route from our mistake.

Rockband:
We went up steep double black diamond run to the chair lift destination. Behind the building there was the first difficulty of the day (page 4).

To East Peak:
After the rockband, we marched on a gully. Once we were on ridge we could see some humps to go over to get to the east peak. Most of the scrambles on this ridge was easy to moderate and maybe 1 moderate / difficult move.

To Summit:
The crux would be the last 70 m elevation for our wrong route anyway. For on-route, I think we were supposed to traverse gully from left to right side at this point (there was a trail), but we went straight up the gully instead (see page 10). This wrong move led to a tricky section (page 11 & 15).

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Quick and painful way to gain elevation is take black diamond run.

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I have never skied in Norquay.

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After the chair lift station, there was the first hands-on scrambling.

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Going up a gully.

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The true summit is the ridge behind.

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To east summit. Some scrambling on the way.

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Picture making this look harder than actually was.

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The true summit.

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Here we should have went right crossing the gully instead we went up. Resulting to deal with very difficult scrambling.

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The off-route crux.

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Mount Louis. The park is planning to install an elevator in one of these chimney. Louis will have a teahouse on top soon.

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Sawback Range on left, Vermilion Range on right. Mouseover for peak pointers.

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Group pic with CSMC. From left me, Arvind, Pawel, and Richard.

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Going back the same way.


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