Mount 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.
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.
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
Stove with fuel.
Shelters (test/bivies), tarp.
Light 10M rope for bear hang.
Group first aid kit.
Maps, GPS, SPOT.
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.
Mountaineering axe. (May not be needed, but being a high summit there's possibility of lingering snow and ice)
Crampons or Microspikes.
2 Headlamps with extra batteries.
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.
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.