Ascent of Mount Wilcox on 2008-08-28

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Lee Chai Lau
Date:Thursday, August 28, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wilcox
    Elevation:2884 m / 9462 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A sunny but cool day out on a classic ridge scramble. My 2nd time doing the south ridge on Mt. Wilcox (first time was in 2001). It is a relatively straight forward route, only high up on the ridge does it become very exposed and there is some objective danger. The crux is a very narrow point in the ridge with scary-looking drop on one side and steep slabs on the other - be careful here. Rated 'difficult' in Alan Kane's guidebook but I thought most of the terrain was moderate, with a couple of exceptions. Like most ascents, I carried an ice axe but used it only a few times, as there was virtually no snow or ice clinging to the ridge. Seems like the path up has seen more traffic in the last few years and there are occassional cairns. Encountered a couple of climbers who were badly off route, struggling their way up some considerably harder terrain...glad it turned out okay.
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The ridge of Mount Wilcox, from my 2008 climb. Fun scrambling with a bit of exposure (2008-08-28). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:901 m / 2953 ft
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:Sunwapta Pass  1983 m / 6509 ft
    Grade/Class:moderate to difficul
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt. Wilcox (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Wilcox2008-08-28

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