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Ascent of Mount Blakiston on 2015-08-13

Climber: Johann Schelesnak

Others in Party:Ashleigh
Date:Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Blakiston
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:9619 ft / 2931 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ashleigh and I decided to take on Waterton's highest peak on a perfect day. The forecast promised 33 degrees celsius for Waterton town and almost no wind. It was going to be a special day. We started heading up Lineham Falls trailhead and less than an hour later we reached the avalanche run-out zone, our ascent route towards Blakiston. It was fine for the first hour and our first major challenge was the cliff band. We were a little too far to the right and so we had to look for a weak spot in the cliffs, instead of tracking back down to the described route. We climbed up some steep rock and then we slowly made our way to the couloir entrance. We knew the spot, but the loose scree gave us a tough time - one step up, two steps down. After a tough hour or so, we finally reached the entrance to the crux. This was by far the most exciting part of the day and we were glad to finally scramble. Unfortunately it was short lived and only minutes later we reached Waterton's highest peak! The views were amazing: Galwey was well below us and we could basically see all peaks in Waterton. We saw the Hawkins horseshoe ridge line and were looking forward to some nice ridge walking. After a quick lunch and more stunning views on a perfect day, we slowly descended towards Mt. Hawkins. We had to scramble through some rock ledges, but it was otherwise a beautiful hike. On to Mt. Hawkins!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4304 ft / 1311 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1318 ft / 401 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Perfect Day, Over 15 degrees celsius and almost no wind on summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4304 ft / 1311 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.5 km
    Route:South Slopes
    Start Trailhead:Lineham Falls Trailhead  5315 ft / 1620 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1318 ft / 401 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Blakiston - Hawkins Ridge Traverse
    End Trailhead:Col Between Mt. Blakiston & Mt. Hawkins  8301 ft / 2530 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Hawkins Horesehoe

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Blakiston2015-08-134304 ft / 1312 m
2Mount Hawkins2015-08-13524 ft / 160 m
3Mount Lineham2015-08-13919 ft / 280 m
Total Trip Gain: 5747 ft / 1752 m    Total Trip Loss: 5714 ft / 1742 m



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