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Ascent of Mount Columbia on 2009-06-02

Climber: Ian Curran

Others in Party:Carsten Moldenhauer
Daniel Robb
Date:Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Location:Canada-Alberta/British Columbia
    Elevation:12274 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day trip on a three day good weather window. Started at the Icefields Parking at 12:00 am. Ascended the Athabasca Glacier. Trench at 6:00 am. Base of Colmbia at 8:30 am. Summit at 1:00 pm. Return to car at 6:30 pm. Stellar 60 km, 2000+ m day trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8202 ft / 2499 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9186 ft / 2798 m
    Round-Trip Distance:37.3 mi / 60 km
    Grade/Class:II
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Skis, Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Bluebird (-10 to + 10 C)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7218 ft / 2200 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6234 ft / 1901 m; Extra: 984 ft / 299m
    Loss on way in:984 ft / 299 m
    Distance:18.6 mi / 30 km
    Route:East Face
    Start Trailhead:Columbia Icefields Parking  6040 ft / 1840 m
    Time:11 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8202 ft / 2499 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 7218 ft / 2200 m; Extra: 984 ft / 299m
    Gain on way out:984 ft / 299 m
    Distance:18.6 mi / 30 km
    Route:East Face - Ski Descent
    End Trailhead:Columbia Icefields Parking  5056 ft / 1541 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes



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