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Yamnuska, Mt. Moderate Scramble.

When you arrive to the meet up location. Look for a car with a red flashing LED on top of it. This is to help people find me in the morning.

Please carefully read the gear requirements and trip difficulty ratings. It is the responsibility of the participant to check for any updates, changes or cancellations before the trip. Gear checks will be conducted at the meet up location. Failure to have the required gear will result in the participant not attending the trip.

Make sure that you have paid for a 2013 membership with the CSMC. Payment can be made online or at the meeting location. Waivers are mandatory for every trip and can be printed online or filled out at the meeting location. Cost for membership with the CSMC is $20 for 2013. Be sure to also bring extra money for car pooling costs.

With all this snow we have been having I would like to peak a straightforward peak and do Mount Yamnuska. We will be doing the traverse route which ascends Yamnuska from the east and descending to the col on the wast side. The traverse involves a couple of sections of slightly exposed and hands on scrambling. Besides that, it is a walk up.

Group size: 12

Route: East to west traverse.
Difficulty: Moderate in dry conditions. Snow, ice, wind, etc, will greatly increase the difficulty of the trip.
Altitude: 2239 Meters
Elevation gain: 800 Meters
Km’s: 9

Estimated trip time (Car to car): 4-6 hours.
(Please note that times listed above are only estimations. Trip could be longer or shorter depending on conditions of terrain, weather and group.)

Mandatory gear:

Mountaineering axe and knowledge of its use, hiking boots, helmet, micro spikes, warm clothes and gloves, shell jacket, pants and gloves, balaclava, ski goggles, hiking poles, food and water, headlamp, NO COTTON CLOTHES OR GEAR.

Gear recommended:

Camera.

Possible Hazards:

Ticks, rock fall, exposure (Not the naked kind), yogi bear, snow or ice, my sense of humor, high winds.

Expect this trip to be a moderate pace. Should there be good weather, expect quick stops for pictures and an extended break on the summit.

Trip reports from other websites:

http://bobspirko.ca/Canmore/MtYamnuska/MtYamnuska.html

Mountain weather forecast:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Yamnuska/forecasts/2240

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at[masked]

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  • Jeramiah F.

    Under the weather . Won't be able to make it

    April 21, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Brandon, if I read this correctly, are you doing the chain wall access? Or the frontal traverse, which is what I attempted last weekend, but conditions were extremely unusual ... heavy snow.

    April 19, 2013

  • Brandon B

    Hey Carol, Have you scrambled Yamnuska in the winter before or more accurately, in winter conditions? I carry my axe year round and when I decide not to take it, it is then when I need it most. However, I have done Yam a dozen times and would be comfortable myself without one. However, a helmet is necessary for this trip. I know someone who almost had a microwave sized rock fall on them and I have seen rocks gain good speed on the scree slope below the face of Yamnuska. Mountaineering axes can be rented from MEC. However, it another thing to have one and know how to use it. Mountaineering axes serve many purposes such as acting as a personal anchor, cutting steps on hard snow or ice, self arrest on snow packed slopes. If you can get an axe for this trip, you are more than welcome to come along.

    April 16, 2013

    • Carol

      Thanks Brandon, I'll see if I can hunt one down.

      April 16, 2013

  • Carol

    Is the mountaineering axe necessary? Wondering as I don't own one.

    April 16, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Hee hee, be prepared for snow, but I'm sure you've already read those posts on Facebook today! Would redo with you, but heading south with Tom's group.

    April 15, 2013

  • Lori

    Id love to do this again!! Busy Sunday in the morning, but should it happen again another weekend, I'm in .

    April 15, 2013

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