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Ascent of Mount Athabasca on 1973-08-07

Climber: Jay Rosenthal

Others in Party:Jed Chapin
Date:Tuesday, August 7, 1973
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Athabasca
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:11453 ft / 3490 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Columbia Ice Fields tourist center, get on road which leads to "motor toboggan" tours. Park car near bridge which crosses creek draining north icefield. Follow trails along crest of moraines above west side of creek. Gain icefield at approx. 9,000 feet and traverse high on west slopes of icefield toward "V" formed by ice cliffs. Near "V" double back above route on slope between ice bands. Gain shoulder at 10,400 feet and double back once more toward summit.

Technically straight-forward. This is the easy route up. Might be a little scary for some people who aren't used to snow peaks with some avalanche danger. On a clear day views of the Columbia Ice Fields are out of this world. Nothing in the lower 48 can touch it. A day well spent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4750 ft / 1447 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4750 ft / 1447 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope
    Weather:Calm, Overcast
The usual overcast but clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4750 ft / 1447 m
    Route:North Icefield
    Start Trailhead:Columbia Icefields  6703 ft / 2043 m
    Time:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4750 ft / 1447 m
    Route:Same as route up
    End Trailhead:Columbia Icefields  6703 ft / 2043 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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