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Ascent of Barrier Mountain on 2016-01-17

Climber: Johann Schelesnak

Others in Party:Ashleigh
Date:Sunday, January 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Barrier Mountain
    Location:Canada-Alberta
    Elevation:6430 ft / 1959 m

Ascent Trip Report

First Summit of the year with Ashleigh. Perfect weather, almost no wind -10 tops, much warmer in the afternoon. We had some trouble finding the actual trail, since we followed the wrong steps for a bit. But once we saw the wide road, we knew it was the correct trail. This little mountain gets busy, and winter is no exception. We made our way to the prairie view point, but everyone else seemed to be heading down. Ash and I made a trail to the top of Yates Mountain (Barrier Lake Lookout), which was only a little further up. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the top by the hut and then took the Jewel Pass trail back, a detour. The view from up top was nice and we got to see Twin Towers, Grant McEwan and Heart Mountain across as well as Mt. Baldy to the south. It was a much nicer trail through the beautiful winter forest, and we stopped by a small frozen waterfall. Not bad for our first summit of 2016, covered quite a bit of distance.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2142 ft / 652 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2142 ft / 652 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.1 mi / 17.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
-10 Tops, perfect day.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2142 ft / 652 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.3 km
    Route:Direct
    Start Trailhead:Barrier Dam Parking Lot  4288 ft / 1306 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2142 ft / 652 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Jewel Pass
    End Trailhead:Barrier Dam Parking Lot  4288 ft / 1306 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes



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