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Ascent of Mount Sparrowhawk on 2012-09-11

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sparrowhawk
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:3121 m / 10240 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Sparrowhawk is a big day, with some arduous scree climbing but no real technical challenges. A weather system was coming over the Rockies and it got very windy and cold. Fresh dusting of snow clung to the scree, making the ascent a bit more difficult. Read's Ridge is a highly scenic route - great sweeping views throughout the trip. My hiking buddy Greg joined in for the first half of the ascent but did not continue to the summit.
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The summit shot from Mt. Sparrowhawk, showing more of the setting of the peak than its actual ascent character. Note the limestone ridges characteristic of this section of CDN Rockies (2011-03-30). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1350 m / 4429 ft
    Elevation Loss:1350 m / 4429 ft
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:blustery day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1350 m / 4429 ft
    Route:Read Ridge
    Trailhead:Smith Dorien Road  1771 m / 5811 ft
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1350 m / 4429 ft
    Route:same as ascent
    Trailhead:1771 m / 5811 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 



Other Photos

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Overall view of the scree slopes and summit cone of Mt. Sparrowhawk. It's a 1400 m elevation gain climb (2012-09-11). Photo by Jan Triska.
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