Ascent of Roche a Perdix on 2016-07-28
|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 ReportThis 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|
| Time:||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
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