11,000er long weekend - Mount Willingdon

Mt. Willingdon - South SideMount Willingdon is located in the wild eastern section of Banff National Park, the last expansive area of true wilderness within the park. This mountain is more about scenic views, wild animal encounters, or hopefully only viewing, and long approaches.

Mount Willingdon is low on the list of Canadian Rockies 11,000 footers, depending on your perspective, either the 39th or 44th highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies; 44 th on the generally accepted list of 54 summits. The summit is just over the magic 11,000 ft. mark at 3373 metres (11,067 ft.).

The Willingdon Massif (main summit and southern outliers) does provide interesting and worthwhile climbing by extending the climb south-east from the main summit. Ascend the standard West Ridge to the summit of Mt. Willingdon, moderate snow climbing south-east reaches the impressive outlier, unofficially named Crown (3337 m), and unofficially named Willingdon 3 (3325 m).

This trip is not first come first on, I will add people based on experience. I don't mind having people along that are new-ish to backpacking/weekend trips, but I'd like to control the numbers.  There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting.

Location.

Park in the lot beside the Mosquito Creek Hostel 24 km north of the Lake Louise Junction the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North). Trail starts immediately north of the highway bridge, on the right hand (north) side of highway.

 

Trip itinerary.

Friday night we will drive out to the Mosquito Creek Hostel and stay here for the night. You will need to schedule this with the hostel yourself online prior to heading out there. This is a wilderness hostel meaning things need to be booked, cancelled etc at least 2 days before hand.

Day 1 will see us starting out around 6AM and hiking in roughly 30 KM to our bivy/camp site. This is located outside of the park, so no passes are required, all random camping and free.

On day 2 we will wake up at the base of the mountain and do the summit attempt, this is a moderate scramble. We may head over to Crown and Willingdon 3 as well - We will need to see how everyone is feeling.

Day 3 we have the roughly 30 KM hike back to the highway and drive to the city.

This trip sounds like a fantastic weekend to me. :D

 

Equipment needed.

Group:

Stove with fuel.

Shelters (test/bivies), tarp.

Light 10M rope for bear hang.

Water treatment.

Group first aid kit.

Maps, GPS, SPOT.

Park Pass.

 

Personal:

Sleeping bag.

Sleeping pad - thermarest etc.

Food - a lot of snack on the go food, as well as freeze dried/dehydrated add-water meals for breakfasts/dinners.

Water carrying capabilites - recommend bladder AND a couple bottles.

Clothing - Waterproof shells, multiple layers - quick drying, no cotton, gaiters, gloves, toque, hats.

Water crossing/camp shoes - I like crocs for this they weigh nothing and socks can be worn at them at camp.

Small personal first aid kit.

Sturdy first aid kit.

Hiking Poles.

Mountaineering axe. (May not be needed, but being a high summit there's possibility of lingering snow and ice)

Crampons or Microspikes.

Rock Helmet.

Camera.

2 Headlamps with extra batteries.

Compass.

Sun screen.

 

Other Info.

This trip is not first come, first on. I will be selecting people based on experience and fitness. This is going to be a very demanding trip.

Please bring cash for car-pool drivers. Gas for this location is $30 each.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me,[masked]

Real-time tracking while we're out, feel free to share with emergency contacts. Be aware this is not always 100% and authorities shouldn't be called because it misses a few updates.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0kQ5sZfx4HIqqmXDJ7cQofUxZENcs0ZDX

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mike/Jake - will you be posting the GPS data? I'm curious to see where we trekked...

    August 8, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Sorry for the delay on that, got those on there.

      August 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All good! Thanks Mike.

      August 29, 2013

  • Kris

    This is My Flickr set for mt. Willingdon. Enjoy!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristi_ioana/sets/72157634987937717/

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonderful!

      August 8, 2013

  • Caroline

    A very memorable weekend ; )

    August 7, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Hey Kris and Heather, you both have these tents - I'd take a look at this recall...

    http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/34775r-eng.php

    August 6, 2013

  • Kris

    We camped before the lake, on the left side, up above the meadow. We didn’t attempt Willingdon on Saturday, as we had to change the plans and get the group back safe. We hiked back the long way in two days over Pipestone Pass and North Molar Pass with a camp at Fish Lakes campground. We found the col challenging too. Congrats for the summit!

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ahh we may have seen your camp in the distance we were at the far end of the lake. Glad you guys had a good time. We really lucked out with the weather it could have been much worse!

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What day did you guys summit? Brandon and I were at Devon lakes all day sat and Sunday and didn't see you. We climbed willngdon Sunday. Pretty easy climb though the crux was spicy :) did you guys go over quartzite col or the long way? We took the col and I found it more challenging than willingdon, especially on the way back!

    August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Congrats on summitting Noel and Brandon! The approach via Quartzite Col was longer, harder, and wetter than expected; we changed our objective and hiked out the long way via Fish Lakes. Outstanding views all the way to/from Pipestone and N. Molar Passes :)

      August 6, 2013

  • Kris

    ... and we did survive the Mt. Willingdon "DEATH MARCH" – 3 days, 58 km, 2400m elevation, mosquitos, mud, rain, blisters, pain! Looks like the perfect weekend trip. Was awesome to meet all of you! This was a great group.

    2 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Outstanding scenery! Thanks everyone for excellent company on an epic trip.

    August 5, 2013

  • Mike S.

    I'm running late.... all the times I gave everyone.. add about 30 minutes - Sorry

    August 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    I'm now working until 5 and will do my very best to arrive at Shouldice by 6pm. I work at Shawnessy YMCA. WAY south ; ) My appologies if I am a tad late.

    August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mike, what's your ETA at my place pls?

      August 2, 2013

    • Mike S.

      530 roughly

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you guys concerned about the weather forecast at all? mountain weather shows heavy rain for the forseable future

    August 1, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Not concerned with the weather, just rain. The weather can't always be 'ideal' in the mountains. Besides if it's raining with heavy cloud cover and that happens to be a low ceiling, the experience when breaking above it would be fantastic.

      August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well I'm glad you guys will be there, company for Brandon and I :)

      3 · August 1, 2013

  • Caroline

    I only have an Individual Park Pass. Does anyone have an Individual or Group pass that I can borrow? Also, can we share locking biners etc instead of all bringing our own?

    August 1, 2013

    • Kris

      Are you looking for a car park pass? I have one and i will bring it along. I will have 3 locking biners with me so you will ne fine

      August 1, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Yea we'll be good for the 'technical' equipment I'm sure.

      August 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Perfect Kris. Caroline and I will drive. I have webbing as well. I forgot to mention that, bring a harness if uncomfortable down climbing. I believe the crux is about 5m tall. Don't have to have repelled before or know how, if required can go over it. Can make a harness out of webbing in a pinch as well.

    July 22, 2013

    • Kris

      We will belay for beer hahaha!

      August 1, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Rapping is super easy, we'll have someone that has done it go first (if required) and can do fireman pull in case

      August 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Hey, can everyone send me a message with your address and time you will be ready to go from home, as stated i don't like leaving vehicles in parking lots for days so I'll pick everyone up and we will split up into the two cars at Shouldice

    July 31, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Everyone but Caroline who us driving as well :)

      July 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      k. emailed u already :)

      August 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Forecast: http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Observation-Peak/forecasts/3174

    Used Observation peak as it's kind of the closest available on the site.

    Looks like a bit of rain :(

    July 31, 2013

  • Kris

    Just something to add... Bring mosquito repelent ... lots.... I was backpacking in Skoki last weekend and the mosquitos were really bad... Lucky us we had bag hats and we were able to eat but some other people just packed and left. We will camp at Devon lakes and that is a tundra/meadow/valley enviroment that they love...

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Kris

    I have my annual wilderness pass and I already booked the hostel. Also can I suggest that everybody should bring belay gear and climbing harness? I will have some webbing for anchor building if we need to rappel down some difficult section. My understanding is that some people chose to rap down the crux on Willingdon so better be prepared :). I will bring along a 30mm 8.3 rope.
    I don't know if you establish who will driving. I can drive as I have a big SUV and I can take 3 people but I can confirm only a few days prior as my wife may need the car for the weekend. Keep in touch.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Booked at book at the Mosquito Creek Hostel[masked] for Friday August 2. Will bring laundry/bear rope (18m) and cookpot (3L) as discussed in pre-trip mtg. EXCITED!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Again I'm retarded, that's per permit so it's $9.80 for both nights.

    July 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Hey guys, I was retarded - Devon Lakes (our camp / bivy site) is within Banff - we will need backcountry permits... I think? I don't actually know if they're needed for 'random camping' areas

    I plan on calling to find out. If they are - I will ask everyone gets there's themselves.

    It will be $20 for the 2 nights or $70 for an annual pass if you plan on doing more.

    "Overnight, per person $ 9,80
    "Annual, per person $ 68,70

    July 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Which day would be best for a pre-trip in July 15th to 18th?

    June 29, 2013

    • Kris

      Brewster's? Perfect location! ... and because Deb came with the idea ... she will pay the beer !!! :).

      1 · June 30, 2013

    • Deborah P.

      haha, Cris....I'll bring my VISA card!

      June 30, 2013

  • Mike S.

    I've created the Pre-trip here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/events/127319692/?

    I've also manually added everyone that RSVP'd here - remove yourself if unable to make it and then send me an email with details.

    Tent or bivy or would like to tent with someone and group gear you have etc.

    June 30, 2013

  • Deborah P.

    Mike, I am away July 5th to July 14th....climbing!

    June 9, 2013

  • Kris

    Mike, this will be a fantastic trip. I will be away from Calgary from July 19 to July 28. Can you schedule the pre-trip meeting before?Thanks.

    June 3, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Will do what I can.

      June 8, 2013

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