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Ascent of Mount Athabasca on 1982-08-12

Climber: Greg Bramlet

Date:Thursday, August 12, 1982
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Athabasca
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:3490 m / 11453 ft

Ascent Trip Report

3,491 m (11,453 ft)
Alberta, Canada
Canadian Rockies
671 m (2,201 ft)<1>
52°10'48?N 117°11'42?W52.18°N 117.195°WCoordinates: 52°10'48?N 117°11'42?W52.18°N 117.195°W<1>
NTS 83C/03
1898 by J. Norman Collie and Herman Woolley<2>

One of the most prominent features of Mt. Athabasca, is a horned shaped tip near the top called the "Silverhorn". The Silverhorn is one of the easier routes to the summit but requires more caution and ability than the normal route because of blue ice and falling ice from other parties. Although not apparent from the typical roadside view of the mountain, the south side of Silverhorn actually contains a scrambling route but one must still cross the north glacier to get to it. From the top of the Silverhorn, the summit is a rather easy 15 minute plod over the narrow snow covered summit ridge. On a warm summer day, post-holing on the summit ridge is likely

Athabasca is the Cree Indian name for "where there are reeds" which originally referred to Lake Athabasca.

Approach via north glacier to base of silverhorn to summit.
Extremely brittle ice. Supercooled.

Descent via saddle to cross bergschrund and reaccess north glacier.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:5
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Silverhorn
Descent Statistics



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