Ascent of Grant MacEwan Peak on 2015-08-23

Climber: Johann Schelesnak

Others in Party:Ashleigh
Joe Carroll -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Grant MacEwan Peak
    Elevation:7054 ft / 2150 m

Ascent Trip Report

After some heavy snowfall a couple days earlier, we decided to check out the conditions on this beautiful Sunday. Temperatures recovered and it was going to be a hot day. We met at Chinook and Joe drove out towards Canmore. We started the hike on a fresh morning, with gloves on and the first part followed the noisy highway. A bear warning was marking the area, but we did not encounter the beast. Once we started the NW ridge ascent towards Heart Mountain, we quickly delayered. The path is straightforward, but we somehow missed the crux and continued along the cliff wall for a while before realizing it. We bypassed heart mountain this way to the west, but would return on the way down. I found a nice chute, that required some class 3 scrambling and shortly after we came up on Heart Mountain's highpoint. From here we continued to Grant MacEwan Peak and summited shortly after. The views were great, the highway noise almost gone and it was going to get better! Since we felt great and the snow seemed fine higher up, we decided to continue along the ridge south towards Twin Towers. This was Joe's first summit registry so he had the honours of signing it!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2625 ft / 800 m
    Total Elevation Loss:197 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2625 ft / 800 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:NW Ridge Modified
    Start Trailhead:Heart Creek Parking Lot  4429 ft / 1349 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Ridge to Twin Tower West
    End Trailhead:Col between Mt. Grant MacEwan & Twin Towers  6857 ft / 2090 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Three Mountains

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grant MacEwan Peak2015-08-232625 ft / 800 m
2Twin Towers2015-08-231443 ft / 440 m
3Heart Mountain2015-08-23489 ft / 149 m
Total Trip Gain: 4557 ft / 1389 m    Total Trip Loss: 4557 ft / 1389 m

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