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Mount Chephren. Difficult 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. Participants will also need to answer all the questions regarding this trip before I decide who attends.

An automatic waiting list has been created for this trip. Participants will be selected based on experience scrambling moderate to difficult scrambles. Participants must be punctual and have a good RSVP history. Which means they do not constantly change their RSVP statuses, are not regularly late and do not back out last minute. To put it simply, I decide who goes on this trip regardless of who signs up first.

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.

Mount Chephren is a beautiful horned shaped peak off of the Icefields Parkway. I have been wanting to climb this peak for some time and decided now is the time to do it. This objective will be done as a two day trip, so back country gear such as tents, sleeping bags, etc, are needed.

Group size: 6

Route: Alan Kane's Scrambling route from his guide book.

Difficulty: Difficult in dry conditions. Snow, ice, wind, etc, will greatly increase the difficulty of the trip. (Difficult scrambling involves hands on scrambling on terrain that is exposed where a fall may result in serious injury or death.)

Altitude: 3274 Meters

Elevation gain: 1630 Meters

Estimated trip time (Car to car): 2 Days

(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 (Not shoes), helmet, warm clothes and gloves, shell jacket, pants and gloves, personal first aid kid and emergency blanket, tent, sleeping bag, stove, pots, food and water, headlamp, bear spray, NO COTTON CLOTHES OR GEAR.

Gear recommended:

Camera, hiking poles.

Possible Hazards:

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://stevensong.com/canadian-rockies/icefield-parkway/mount-chephren/

Mountain weather forecast:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Chephren/forecasts/3274

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

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  • Jonathan W.

    The details of this trip are set for 4 confirmed individuals. Please check your email, except Genevieve, who will have to get the email forwarded to her.

    August 30, 2013

    • Genevieve K

      Why does the email need to be forwarded?

      August 31, 2013

  • Arvind R.

    Did it in the first week of August....
    expect atleast 12hrs to complete this hike.. unless somebody is a speed demon.
    The approach , the moraine and the steepness makes it difficult. Other than that... there is nothing to be worried about in terms of exposure....

    On the first rock band, you will find a rope. I did not trust that rope and traversed to the right for about 30~40 meters and came up on a series of ledges which moved towards the rope.
    By the time you are negotiating the last ledge, you are pretty close to the rope.

    Near the second rock band, there was snow and we skirted the snow and kept close to the rock face. I have a GPX track. If you guys need it, let me know.

    August 26, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Also consider being first on the ascent as the rockfall created on the way up and down is significant and unavoidable...2 parties below us likely turned around due to this. We sure didn't want to be below other parties as we saw the rocks we were letting loose.

      1 · August 29, 2013

  • Cathrine M

    Where's the bivvy site? If we're car camping I have a 2 burner colemen stove

    August 27, 2013

    • Arvind R.

      I will try and upload my GPX route.... it has a marker for the bivi site. we had seen some old campfire ashes there.

      August 28, 2013

    • Brandon B

      Arvind, could you please email me the GPX route? Thanks!

      August 28, 2013

  • Brandon B

    We currently have 6 people on the go list with two being added this evening. I will be tenting with Gen and the both of us will be taking care of our pots, utensils, food, etc. If the other four could set up logistics for tent sharing etc. If the weather looks very good on Sunday, we may push for the summit. If not, we will get to bed early Sunday evening and attempt it very early Monday morning. Questions?

    August 28, 2013

  • Marta W

    "On the first rock band, you will find a rope. I did not trust that rope and traversed to the right for about 30~40 meters and came up on a series of ledges which moved towards the rope."

    Alternatively:
    - If you locate the rope and continue to explore below the rock band to the climbers left. Eventually you will find a good gully to take you up. Once out of the gully traverse back to the right. We only found this gully on the way back.

    August 27, 2013

  • Genevieve K

    Been going this range of elevation gain all month.

    August 26, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    I have tents and gear galore that can be used. Looking forward to meeting the group and pursuing the objective.

    Kevin

    August 23, 2013

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