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Ascent of Mount Athabasca on 2016-05-14

Climber: Serguei Okountsev

Others in Party:Weiwei Yin
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Athabasca
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:11453 ft / 3490 m

Ascent Trip Report

The two of us climbed to the top in bluebird day conditions. The mountain was covered with three feet of fresh dry snow. Freezing levels were at the parking when we left for the summit. Trail was dry except the "chute", which had 45° gradient snow, measured with digital angle meter. This was the steepest part of the entire route. Snow temperatures were -4°C consistently through the day. In the morning the south wind picked up and moved masses of dry snow on the north face of Sliverhorn, which avalanched on our route below sometime between after we crossed the glacier and before our return. The avy went down almost 2/3 of the glacier. Being caught in this could have dragged one into the large crevasse below.

Despite other reports, the steepest gradient of the North Glacier was 40°, at the traverse, measured with the instrument. We tried to make a shortcut at the exit of the Glacier, but after making a couple of holes dropped the idea and followed the homework made route.
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On the west ridge of Silverhorn en-route to Athabasca. Mt. Andromeda at the back (2016-05-14). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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Summary Total Data
    Route:North Glacier
    Grade/Class:II
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Three feet of fresh dry snow.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Serguei Okountsev
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

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Athabasca - North Glacier Route (2016-05-14). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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Mount Bryce from the summit of Mt.Athabasca (2016-05-14). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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Castleguard Mountain from the summit of Mt.Athabasca. Mt. Bryce at the back (2016-05-14). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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