Ascent to Mount Fable-High col on Fable on 2010-05-01

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Steve Strauch
Date:Saturday, May 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Fable - High col on Fable
    Elevation:2560 m / 8399 ft
    Remaining Elevation:142 m / 466 ft (11% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

An early season attempt on this classic little peak, which saw Steve and I top out at the col (2560m), not very far from the summit. We were hampered by deep snow, in places knee-deep. A spring storm had dumped about 30-40 com of fresh, wet snow on the AB Rockies a few days prior to this.
- Very long day, about 10 hrs in total. It is ordinarily a long hike-in from Exshaw and the normal route is moderate scrambling. With the snow, however, we ended up taking a higher path, traversing some slabs and generally maintained a higher line on the mountain, to be safe from potential slides.
Beautiful views from upper slopes and from the col. Must return in drier conditions.
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Overall view of Mt. Fable, from the valley approach. Non-technical route leads just behind the left skyline (2010-05-01). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1180 m / 3871 ft
    Elevation Loss:1180 m / 3871 ft
    Grade/Class:moderate scramble
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1180 m / 3871 ft
    Route:Southeast and south slopes
    Trailhead:Exshaw  1380 m / 4528 ft
    Time Up:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1180 m / 3871 ft
    Trailhead:Exshaw  1380 m / 4528 ft
    Time Down:3 Hours 45 Minutes

Other Photos

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My trip partner Steve doing the hard slogging in the main gully of Mt. Fable. An early May storm deposited 30 cm of fresh snow; we were able to reach only the high col (2560m) (2010-05-01). Photo by Jan Triska.
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