Mount Burstall - difficult scramble (bike needed)

Photo courtesy of Bob Spirko

***NOTE MEETING TIME NOW IS 6:30AM SATURDAY***

***PLAN ON BIKING IN/OUT***

From Dowclimbing.com ...

Mount Burstall resides in the middle of the Spray Mountain Range just north of Mount Murray in Kananaskis Provincial Park along with such notables as Shark Mountain and The Fist hemmed in to the west by the 11,172' Mount Sir Douglas on the Continental Divide. Mount Burstall was officially named (as most mountains in the area) after a WWI Lt. General in 1918. It was first ascended in 1972 by Brown, Carruthers, Cobb, Seyforth and Schiesser.

 

The only published route up Mount Burstall is the difficult rated scramble. It is one of the shortest routes in Kananaskis and one of the more pleasant in terms of footing. Although rated difficult by one of the local guidebooks, it definitely is on the easier side of difficult if not a more moderate climb. I took the summit on a stormy fall day, but was still afforded dramatic views into the French and Robertson glaciers. On a clear day, the views would be similar to Mount Murray and therefore include the big three in Kananaskis, Mount Sir Douglas, Mount Joffre and Mount Assiniboine. To the north are views of Mount Engadine and Mount Chester.

 

Relevant website links:

http://bobspirko.ca/SmithDorrien/MtBurstall/Burstall.html

http://dowclimbing.com/Burstall.html

http://www.explor8ion.com/vern/scrambles/burstall/burstall.html

http://www.soistheman.com/diary/page.php?id=mt-burstall&page=1

 

Required gear:

- bike

- helmet (good idea since we will be a larger group)

- harness + belay device and carabiner if you think you will be nervous on exposed sections (I will bring a half length rope)

 

The plan is to scramble it free but I will bring a light rope for the exposed section(s) in case someone is spooked. If you think you might be you might be spooked you may want to bring a harness. (I have an extra harness and helmet for someone).

Will screen potential participants from the waitlist.

Note I will need to be back in Calgary by 7pm at the absolute latest...that is why the early start.

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  • Ryszard

    Pleasant scramble, good crew, nice scree run.

    August 17, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Short and sweet morning stroll.

    August 17, 2013

  • Alex J.

    I can take 2 other people in my car - 3 bikes total.

    August 16, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Pawel I can pick you up

    August 16, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Note morning meet time 6:30am

    August 16, 2013

  • Pawel

    Hey guys, if anyone is coming from downtown or anywhere south of downtown, be a dear and pick me up from at or nearby 17th Ave & 5a St SW :)[masked]

    August 16, 2013

  • Heath I.

    been there, done that

    August 16, 2013

  • Ryszard

    Hey! Jonathan, Burstall should be a fine scramble, but I seriously think of a scramble on Sunday as well. Engadine, Wedge or some of the peaks in Little Elbow area would be great. We can talk about it tomorrow.

    August 16, 2013

    • Arvind R.

      The Tower, Galatea which are challenging... but i was thinking, that we can either attempt the 4 peaks Banded, Cornwall, Outlaw and Glasgow with a bike approach.
      Or we can take two cars and attempt compression ridge. It is not a very long drive to powderface trail and we have a whole day to ourselves. Jonathan was interested in all those peaks i guess..

      August 16, 2013

    • Arvind R.

      Or we can try in a totally diferent area like in banff.. say Pika peak which is rated difficult and a perfect time to go up when it is snow free.

      August 16, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Joad...I have already been up Mt Cline (last Sept) but highly recommend it. We will understand if you choose an 11,000er over Burstall ;}

    August 15, 2013

    • Joad C.

      Joseph, my plans for the weekend (to Cline or not to Cline!) should be confirmed by early evening tonight. So I am 50% on your trip for now. Sorry about this ambiguity, and thank you for your understanding.

      August 16, 2013

  • Pawel

    So, what really excited me about Smuts was the difficult scramble grade. If Burstall is not yet set in stone, can we choose any mountain that involves a low class 5 or at least class 4 scramble? Unfortunately, I've only cracked a guide book open once or twice while in Calgary, so I don't have any recommendations :$ (only well-meaning grumbling!)

    August 15, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Hey Pawel note Burstall is still a difficult rated scramble with exposure...just shorter ;)

      August 16, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Jump on Mt Bell if you can though...

      August 16, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    It seems like Burstall is a logical choice with time constraints on Alex's end (and if that doesn't change I'm totally fine with that), but would people be interested in Mt Engadine (one I've always wanted to do), The Wedge, or Mt Remus/Romulus (bike approach)? Though it honestly doesn't matter since with this group, an exciting scramble is sure to be had.

    August 16, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Hey Jonathon also good suggestions but I've done Wedge (short and sweet) and the others are out of my time range for Saturday...but don't let me stop you ;}

      August 16, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Ryszard great suggestions including Lougheed but sadly I won't have the time on Saturday. I will understand if Burstall won't cut it for you...works for my timing to be back in town (daughter is returning from Japan after a month away).

    If you don't join us, maybe we will get up on Lougheed together!

    August 15, 2013

  • Joad C.

    Suggestion : mount Cline?! Leave Calgary at 6 PM tomorrow, camp at the trailhead (David Thompson campgd). Departure from the trailhead by 5 AM. :-)

    August 15, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Arvind suggested a shorter, little easier difficult scramble...Mt Burstall. Still use bikes. Sounds reasonable to me.

    August 15, 2013

  • Ryszard

    Oops I just realized Alex has to be in town by 7PM so these options are out...

    August 15, 2013

  • Ryszard

    Weather is supposed be good so something good. How about Mt. Fox (with bike approach) or Lougheed peaks traverse Andrew Nugara's way?

    August 15, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Hmmm not looking good for "legal" access to Smuts area.

    http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/3178697/plpp__spray_valley.pdf

    So what is plan B?

    August 15, 2013

  • Sam L.

    just to let you know that according to the kananskis trail report, since august 9th there has been a bear closure (not just a warning) for commonwealth creek and smuts pass.

    August 15, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Thanks for the heads up Sam...will look into it.

      August 15, 2013

  • Alex J.

    If you haven't rappelled before, drop me an email and perhaps we can do a practice on Friday evening or something.

    August 13, 2013

  • Alex J.

    As it stands, we have Heath (who kindly volunteered his trad leading skills) and myself who can lead 2 rope teams. If we can secure a third person (Scott Berry may be available) then we can consider adding more eager people up to max. 3 per rope team.

    Weather is looking great.

    August 13, 2013

  • Pawel

    Super stoked to get on this, if a space opens up!

    August 10, 2013

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