Ascent of Mount Rae on 1995-08-26

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Greg Strauch
Date:Saturday, August 26, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rae
    Elevation:10580 ft / 3224 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highest point in the Kananaskis ranges and a great viewpoint along the Highwood Pass area, Mt. Rae was on my 'hit list' in the summer of 95'.
Fairly straightforward approach from the Ptarmigan cirque hike, then a ridge scramble and a traverse of some slabs - that was the route. Unfortunately, this peak has some of the most unstable, rotten rock that I've seen anywhere. That made it both slightly risky and also less enjoyable than, say Gap Mountain, Mount Tyrwhitt or Mount Wilcox, just to name a few scrambles with similar terrain and character. I still enjoyed summitting what is a major peak, albeit with only a 1000 m elevation gain necessary.
-Took an ice axe along but it wasn't necessary and almost became a complicating factor in its own right.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Grade/Class:moderate scramble
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Route:west ridge
    Start Trailhead:Highwood pass parking lot  7277 ft / 2218 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Route:same as ascent
    End Trailhead:same  7277 ft / 2218 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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