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Ascent to Mount Edith Cavell-summit ridge on 2001-08-14

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Marek Jacina
Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Edith Cavell - summit ridge
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:10827 ft / 3300 m
    Remaining Elevation:206 ft / 62 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

An exciting trip up the 'easy' route on this iconic peak. The Weather turned quite bad while we were tackling the last parts of the summit ridge, and my partner and I abandoned the climb...it turns out, a mere 50 m from the summit. The lack of gear also had something to do with it as we had only one ice axe between the two of us and were not roped up. Nevertheless, a great day out, with a long approach, some scrambling on slabs, a snowy section (crampons were worn for part of the trip) and some heart-stopping views down the north face. We encountered a moose cow on the hike down and she trailed us for a good 20 minutes.
Marek and I reckon this was our longest-ever day in the mountains, some 14 hrs in total. This was, in my case, also the opening day of what would be a 5-day backcountry trip through the Tonquin area of Jasper. I also attempted another mountain on my trip and took a side hike into Eremite valley. Lovely.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5577 ft / 1699 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5577 ft / 1699 m
    Grade/Class:scramble, some Class
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
good for most of the day, bad weather on summit ridge
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5577 ft / 1699 m
    Route:NW ridge
    Start Trailhead:5250 ft / 1600 m
    Time:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5577 ft / 1699 m
    Route:same as ascent
    End Trailhead:5250 ft / 1600 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Jasper backpack trip (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1(Attempt) Mount Edith Cavell2001-08-145577 ft / 1700 m
Total Trip Gain: 5577 ft / 1700 m    Total Trip Loss: 5577 ft / 1700 m



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