Ascent of Mount Athabasca on 2014-07-26

Climber: Kristian Kalsing

Others in Party:Ida Vincent
Date:Saturday, July 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Athabasca
    Elevation:11453 ft / 3490 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left the car park at 3:45 am. They no longer allow climbers through the gate, so we had to hike the one mile up the road to the start of the climbers trail. After 1:45 h, we roped up after leaving the moraine and stepping onto the snow just below the start of the glacier.
The final "catwalk" up to the col is a steep and very exposed traverse. Well practiced self belay techniques are essential. Final stretch up Silverhorn was rocky with an obvious switchback trail. A short ridge traverse took us from Silverhorn to Athabasca.
Many exposed and hidden crevasses this time of year. The two of us stepped into at least 4-5 hidden crevasses.
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The summit ridge between Silverhorn and Athabasca was a treat (2014-07-26). Photo by Kristian Kalsing.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5161 ft / 1572 m
    Extra Gain:99 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:North Glacier
    Trailhead:6490 ft / 1978 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 17 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Athabasca

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Silverhorn2014-07-26 a 
2Mount Athabasca2014-07-26 b5161 ft / 1573 m
Total Trip Gain: 5161 ft / 1573 m    Total Trip Loss: 5161 ft / 1573 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kristian Kalsing
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