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D5-6 Easy scramble, East peak of Mt. Wendell


Hazards: Weather, snow and rain. rockfall, bears and wildlife.


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Update your RSVP as early as possible, at least 48 hours before the meeting time. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. You cancel in less than 48 hours without a “really juicy story” (involving flying monkeys or UFO abduction) at your peril; I may not take you on my future trips. This is not a dating service; either you’re committed or you’re not. Be courteous to those waiting to attend.
If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a "no show".

Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants, not your preference to ride.

Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.

Participation: The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria. Hey! It’s my trip.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. I will bring the waiver to sign. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.


Easy Scramble Difficulty Rating (clickable): D5. The difficulty scale is more logarithmic than linear.
Distance: 15 km (roundtrip)
Roundtrip Time: 7-9 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)
Height gain: 1,200m Thats counting the ups and downs (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

Elevation: 2294 M

We start at the Yamnuska Parking lot. Follow trail for about 1 hr. then down into the CMC valley. We are taking the scenic route. Taking the route below the rock walls. The route travels around to the west side of the east peak. Ascend scree and slab slopes, route finding through rock bands. Turn left and travel up the final ridge to the summit. The return will mostly the same but we will take a direct line back through the CMC Valley.

This is an easy scramble.

An average level of fitness is required but our pace is moderate-slow. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”

Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.

Dogs: Not this time.

Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie Stn. From Hwy 1 westbound to the Seebe, 1X/1A exit. Drive east on 1A for 2 km to the gravel Yam parking area.

Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown

Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).

CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON! Must have rain Jacket.

Mandatory – sense of humour, lunch, at least 2 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear) Microspikes may be needed for this trip.

Highly Recommended: CLIMBING HELMET, the scree slope is loose and with the number of people on this trip I would like to be safe.

Recommended - camera, hiking poles, bear spray.

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  • Brenda

    Thanks for organizing Darcy (and Nicole). Missed you Nicole - hope you feel better really soon. Great scramble!

    October 14, 2012

  • Brenda

    I posted some photos. They were rotated on my computer but didn't post properly. Sorry!

    October 14, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    What a fun Scramble. I love going down the scree. Great group to go with. The rain held off, but the wind did not.

    October 14, 2012

  • Francisco

    Hey Darcy I don't know if I will make it. I gotta work late this evening. Depending how I feel I will decide later as there is no people waiting as of now.

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys but not feeling well. Seems to be going around. Hope to be better for next week.

    October 13, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    Is anyone interested in going out to dinner in Canmore after the hike. I recommend taking gaiters for the scree.

    October 12, 2012

  • sakina

    Emilio and I would be interested in going out for dinner.

    October 12, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    After looking at the weather forcast for this weekend I don't think I will be going into the national parks. Snow is forcast for Saturday and Sunday. Better weather South and by Canmore. I might think of doing Mt. Wendell's East Peak. 15km and 1200 M total elevation. It's in behind Yamnuska, it's an easy scramble with slab and scree. This has one of the best scree runs I have ever done. Plus I can take 15 people on this trip.

    1 · October 10, 2012

    • Vanessa G.

      Im in im in im in! :) Good call too, thanks for scouting this out :)

      October 10, 2012

  • Francisco

    Hey Darcy, How about Emerald Peak? I heard good things about this Peak:
    Or Carnavon Mount: Both peaks on the same area and moderate scrambles.

    October 9, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    The Moraine Lake road Is CLOSED. We will have to find another trip. If you have a suggestion, please post a comment. I would like
    an easy moderate scramble.

    October 9, 2012

    • Morgan

      How about Cirque Peak? Yes, CORA is running another trip on the same day but being >10th on the waitlist my chances of going are not looking too optimistif!

      October 9, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    Thanks for the heads up Stephane. I will call Parks Canada tomorrow. The web site does't give exact date. I may have to change the location.

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Darcy, I think the road to Moraine Lake is closing tonight until spring. You may want to double check with Parks Canada.

    October 8, 2012

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