Ascent of Mount Rae on 1995-08-26
|Others in Party:||Greg Strauch|
|Date:||Saturday, August 26, 1995|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10580 ft / 3224 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe highest point in the Kananaskis ranges and a great viewpoint along the Highwood Pass area, Mt. Rae was on my 'hit list' in the summer of 95'.
Fairly straightforward approach from the Ptarmigan cirque hike, then a ridge scramble and a traverse of some slabs - that was the route. Unfortunately, this peak has some of the most unstable, rotten rock that I've seen anywhere. That made it both slightly risky and also less enjoyable than, say Gap Mountain, Mount Tyrwhitt or Mount Wilcox, just to name a few scrambles with similar terrain and character. I still enjoyed summitting what is a major peak, albeit with only a 1000 m elevation gain necessary.
-Took an ice axe along but it wasn't necessary and almost became a complicating factor in its own right.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3303 ft / 1006 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3303 ft / 1006 m|
| Grade/Class:||moderate scramble|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||3303 ft / 1006 m|
| Route:||west ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Highwood pass parking lot 7277 ft / 2218 m|
| Time:||3 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||3303 ft / 1006 m|
| Route:||same as ascent|
| End Trailhead:||same 7277 ft / 2218 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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