Ascent of Pulpit Peak on 2011-12-30

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Greg Strauch
Zuzana Triska
Date:Friday, December 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pulpit Peak
    Elevation:2727 m / 8947 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A ski touring trip after an unexpected fall of fresh powder, this was a rare day in the Rockies when the winter conditions were near ideal. Pulpit Peak is relatively easy to approach but it is still a 700-800 m elevation gain from the Hector Lake, so the ski ascent was hard work. Fantastic powder slopes on the NE and East aspect. A somewhat difficult ski-out through thick trees to reach the lake, followed be an easy but somewhat longish trek back to the Icefields Parkway. We were a group of four and encountered other backcountry skiers as well. Normally, Pulpit doesn't see many ski ascents or summer ascents, I am told.
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Mount Hector, viewed from the wintry slopes of Pulpit Peak (2011-12-30). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:918 m / 3009 ft
    Elevation Loss:918 m / 3009 ft
    Grade/Class:Class 1 ski tour
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
overcast clearing later in the day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:918 m / 3009 ft
    Distance:6.2 km / 3.9 mi
    Route:NE slopes
    Trailhead:Icefields parkway/Hector Lake  1809 m / 5938 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:918 m / 3009 ft
    Route:NE slopes and glades
    Trailhead:Icefields Parkway  1809 m / 5938 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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