Ascent of Forum Peak on 2015-08-15

Climber: Joe Carroll

Others in Party:Johann Schelesnak -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Forum Peak
    Location:Canada-Alberta/British Columbia
    Elevation:7933 ft / 2417 m

Ascent Trip Report

John, Ashleigh, and I started the hike during light drizzle and fairly cool weather on Saturday. There was a forest fire in Glacier NP and we could smell the smoke that the SW Winds were blowing our way. It rained quite a bit around Forum Lake, but stopped when we ascended the ridge. There were only a few easy-to-navigate rock ledges on the way up to the ridge line. The wind was upwards of 50 km/h on the ridge. We made our way east, towards forum peak at first it was clear but once we started going to the peak some fog rolled in making visibility less than optimal. We could barely see past 10 meters and when we got to the edge of the peak, we could not find the massive cairn. According to our elevation we were at 2450m, so basically on the summit, near some trees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:509 ft / 155 m
    Total Elevation Loss:886 ft / 270 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Very Windy, Whiteout/Fog
very windy, could not see more then maybe 10m out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:161 ft / 49 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Route:Forum Lake Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Akamina Pass Trailhead  7772 ft / 2368 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:886 ft / 270 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 538 ft / 164 m; Extra: 348 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:348 ft / 106 m
    End Trailhead:Akamina Pass Trailhead  7395 ft / 2253 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Forum and Akamina pass

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Forum Peak2015-08-15509 ft / 155 m
2Akamina Ridge2015-08-152369 ft / 722 m
Total Trip Gain: 2878 ft / 877 m    Total Trip Loss: 3881 ft / 1183 m

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