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Ascent of Mist Mountain on 2008-09-06

Climber: Ian Curran

Others in Party:Lisa Porter
Mark Nesbitt
Tim Hankinson
Christina Duff
Joe O'Keefe
Jeremiah Oherne
Pieter
Date:Saturday, September 6, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mist Mountain
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:3138 m / 10297 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Started at 10:00 am at the Mount Lipsett Trailhead. Gradual switchbacking trail took us to this small peak by noon. From the Col between Lipsett and Mist we ascended to the Rock Gullies and Ribs of the West Face of Mist Mountain. We ascended the third gully from the left. The rock is decent, though rockfall is a hazard. The group should stay tight and helmets are recommended. After 300 m of climbing the gully we encountered two rock wall, both of which we circuited right of to gain the S skyline Ridge, which we scrambled to the summit.


We descended via the East Face Hiking Route, unfortunately passing within a couple km of the hotsprings without visiting them. They could be seen by the mist emanating from them and the animal tracks leading to them. The hike out was descent and very quick. We were back at the cars by 5 pm.


It had snowed heavily in Highwood Pass the night before (Sept 5), but most of the snow had melted lower down. However, there was 30-60 cm of snow from 200 m above the Col to the Summit. The snow actually made the ascent better as we could kick steps instead of relying on loose scree. On the skyline ridge the rock was windswept but moist, making things more entertaining. We had very low visibility from the time 200 m above the Col until we were 1000 m below the summit on the exit hiking trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1157 m / 3795 ft
    Elevation Loss:1157 m / 3795 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1157 m / 3795 ft
    Route:Lipsett Col Scrambling Route
    Trailhead:Lipsett Trailhead  1981 m / 6502 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1157 m / 3795 ft
    Route:East Face Hiking Route
    Trailhead:Lipsett Trailhead  1981 m / 6502 ft



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