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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:3490 m / 11453 ft

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
    Elevation Gain:1447 m / 4750 ft
    Elevation Loss:1447 m / 4750 ft
    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
    Elevation Gain:1447 m / 4750 ft
    Route:North Icefield
    Trailhead:Columbia Icefields  2043 m / 6703 ft
    Time Up:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1447 m / 4750 ft
    Route:Same as route up
    Trailhead:Columbia Icefields  2043 m / 6703 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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