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D6 Moderate spring scramble -- Gap Peak

We'll be doing Gap Peak via Bob Spirko's route. Click here to see Bob Spirko's trip report.

A climbing helmet will be required for this scramble. If you show up with any other type of helmet (bicycle, ski, hockey, hard hat, etc.) you will be sent home in shame.

To make sure I know who's coming and their general level of experience (none is required; I need to know for safety reasons), you can not sign up a guest. Everyone coming must sign up on their own. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. If you don't I'll bump you to "Not Going" until you provide all the answers.

  • "Moderate" refers to the level of technical difficulty. The trail is all uphill, even on the way back. You need to be in good shape. Please be realistic about your ability to participate in physical activity of this nature.

  • Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. You should have a very full pack on this trip.

  • I've never done this trip, so it will be an adventure.

  • There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, ice and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative.
  • All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of this trip include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. The organizer is not a guide, but he has the final say in matters of safety. Once the location is announced, please do your best to research the route.
  • Elevation gain: 1200 m

  • Distance: 10 km return
  • Time on trail: 6 to 8 hours; we may not get home until 7 or 8 p.m. (I like to be home by 5 or 6 though)

    Required Equipment:

    • Hiking boots (absolutely mandatory)
    • Dress for winter/spring (absolutely mandatory)
    • Climbing helmet (absolutely mandatory)...man, I yell a lot
    • Headlamp (just in case!)
    • Sunscreen
    • Water (absolutely mandatory)
    • Food

    Optional Equipment:

    • Hiking poles
    • Ice axe
    • Cleats/icers/micro-spikes (no crampons)

    Driving and Directions: Click here to see Bob Spirko's trip report.

  • Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5.

    Transport: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.



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  • Ken S.

    Doug, we made it to the false summit, but couldn't find a way around or over it due to the snow and verglas. Even if we had, the ridge was heavily corniced the entire way past it, and there was some scary looking snow to cross below the ridge. It was a great day though. Not sure if I'm up for Fable via Gap. I prefer short approaches.

    May 26, 2013

  • Morgan

    Fantastic time in the mountains with awesome company. Five Stars.

    May 25, 2013

    • Morgan

      PS: we did ~1,135m elevation to the high point.

      May 25, 2013

    • Timur A

      Awesome. The effort was more like 900. 20% more must be due to the awesome company. Even though I forgot the dry cleaning.

      May 25, 2013

  • Doug L.

    Love the pics - especially the ones with ice under the cliff bands. Looks like you folks had some fresh snow to contend with. I didn't make the summit when I attempted with 3 others at the end of Apr, and likely will save the summit sometime for a trip up Mt. Fable - if anyone is interested in a return trip via Mt. Fable, I would be interested.

    May 25, 2013

  • Timur A

    Oh, and thank everyone for putting up with a rookie organizer :)

    May 25, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Thanks for coming out everyone. We didn't make the summit, but the group made it a lot of fun. And I'd rather have a fun adventure and not reach the top than reach the top but not bring down that sense of adventure.

    May 25, 2013

  • patrick

    good scramble with great veiws,can't wait to see some pics...

    May 25, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Timur, I'm a very demanding mentor. Can you pick up my dry cleaning before tomorrow morning?

    May 24, 2013

  • Timur A

    Ken, in case it's not too late: to follow the CORA rookie custom I'd like to request be a junior organizer/event host and to attend to the wisdom of the senior organizer peers.

    May 24, 2013

  • patrick

    i've got me rain gear and new boots to try out i hope that we can make it out and up GAP

    May 24, 2013

  • Bogdan T.

    Hey Ken, I can't make it, my wife has classes. If I find someone to stay with my son, I'll come, assuming there are still spots open, but I didn't want to hold the spot. See you soon...

    May 23, 2013

  • Ken S.

    There could be fresh snow on Gap this Saturday, so be sure to dress for it. Also, the forecast for Exshaw is rain from now to Saturday night, so be sure to bring rain gear.

    May 23, 2013

  • Morgan

    passenger

    May 22, 2013

  • Maya

    Totally forgot I can't this Sat. Have a super nice scramble!

    May 21, 2013

  • Doug L.

    This is a really neat scramble. Made an attempt on Apr 27th and cornices and snow storm turned us back just short of the summit (we could see the cairn). Spirko's GPS directions and GPS route was very helpful. There is one crux close to the summit that we needed to go right over vs. go around per Bob's description... Deep snow on both sides of the obstacle. Have fun - i'll do this again some other time via Mt. Fable.

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just to add to what Doug said. There is a fast, easy and enjoyable scree descent not mentioned by B. Spirko and known by very few people. From the Summit, descend SE before turning S on the scree slopes (enjoyable scree skiing). Then at near the tree line you should traverse SW joining the ascent route right before the first cliff band instead of taking a narrow gully down.

      I'm going to upload a GoogleEarth track that shows this descent route. And I can also send you my GPS track if needed.

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      May 21, 2013

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