Ascent of Roche a Perdix on 2016-07-28

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roche a Perdix
    Elevation:7002 ft / 2134 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first day of an 8 day Jasper trip and a much-awaited scramble in an area not well known to me...the Jasper front ranges.
Roche a Perdrix is a fairly quick but unrelentingly steep scramble. The route was obvious once I reached the based of the vertical cliff on the east flanks. But I managed to detour a bit too far to the left and ended up in a very steep and somewhat wet rock gully, and had to backtrack towards the proper ascent line.
Once reached, the summit ridge was a short and enjoyable stretch, with some scrambling on slabs and rock steps, and a bit of exposure.
According to Alan Kane's guidebook, this has a Moderate rating - I agree, with the caveat that one can easily get into 'Difficult' terrain if not sticking to the route. Lots of cliffs and steep limestone slabs up here.
Like with other front range Rockies peaks, this has a very interesting summit panorama encompassing both mountain ridges, valleys and the expanses of boreal forest at the foot of the Rockies. Very cool!
On the descent, I had to hurry to dodge an incoming rain storm. Got caught in it for the last 15 min of the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3609 ft / 1100 m
    Route:NE slopes
    Trailhead:Yellowhead highway  3393 ft / 1034 m
    Grade/Class:moderate scramble
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:variable weather
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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