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Cascade Mountain - Scramble 6

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Cascade Mountain - Scramble 6 - NO BEGINNERS

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Photo Credit:  Bobspirko.ca

Cascade Mountain is the spectacular peak seen to the northeast from the main street of Banff. There are technical climbing routes up the visible face, but the safest and easiest route is hidden from view far around on the west side of the mountain.

Most of the Cascade climb is a steep, strenuous hike, but a quarter of the route is on loose scree and talus. A few places require using hands for balance. Technical climbing gear is not usually required. There is no built trail on the route. Some worn footpaths have formed but these are intermittent, and some are “off-route” — in other words, the wrong way.

The floods in June washed out some of the footbridges and we will need to ford some creeks, creek crossing shoes are required.  NB: If the creeks are impassable we will have to turn back.

Parks Canada Scramblers Guide to Cascade: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2012/pc/R64-392-2012-eng.pdf

Distance: 18 Km return

Elevation: 2998 m Peak

Height Gain: 1460 m

Time: 10 - 12 hours (or more) at a moderate (not slow) pace with limited breaks to to the length of the trip and daylight hours available.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate Scramble - S6. If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself. http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Raing_System/

Location: Norquay Ski Area parking lot, Hwy 1 Banff west overpass.

RSVP's open Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00am.  RSVP to the WAITLIST. We will move you to the YES list if questions are answered and we are satisfied that you can complete this trip.

NOTE: ROCK HELMETS ARE MANDATORY, Ice Axe recommended, creek crossing shoes required.

ONLY THOSE WHO ANSWER THE RSVP QUESTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE HIKE.  Organizers have the authority to decide who is allowed on their trip based on your profile and hiking history.  Please ensure your profile is up to date, including a current photo.  NO WHINERS.

Gear Required: Rock Helmets, Ice axe recommended, creek crossing shoes required, backpack, sturdy hiking boots, extra socks, mitts/gloves, toque, gaiters, hiking poles, sunscreen, bug spray, personal first aid kit, sunglasses, layered clothing with waterproof shell, headlamp with extra batteries, lunch & snacks, and minimum 3L water.

Carpool fare will be $20.00 per passenger for this trip.

NO GUESTS, you must be a member to sign up! & Please don't ask to be added to the RSVP's prior to the RSVP date.

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 event. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

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 event with the group.



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  • Jessica C.

    Jerome, did I leave my poles in your truck? Please say yes!!!

    September 22, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      We can duel for the other one!

      September 22, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    An adventure it was... from sunny skies & a beautiful mountain, to white-out blizzard nasty old-man-winter mountain. The views from the summit were about 5 feet... Thankfully we were all prepared with lots of clothing layers & made it down safely. It was great to meet up with Tonia & Andy & his gang in Banff afterwards!!

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Anna

    We r on our way

    September 21, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    As we are not sure what to expect up top, please come prepared. Bring both creek crossing shoes AND microspikes, as well as helmet and mountaineering axe if you have one. Make sure you have lots of clothing layers. A hot drink in your lunch is a great idea too. It's going to be an adventure!! Ha!

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      We'll do our best...

      1 · September 20, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Be careful out there.

      September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, my work schedule changed. Won't be able to make the hike. Have fun!

    September 19, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    It is currently snowing on Cascade. It is supposed to be above freezing and sunny the rest of the week up there, so hopefully we won't get turned back from the summit by snow. http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Cascade-Mountain/forecasts/2998

    September 18, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Fast way to the pub.:-)

      3 · September 18, 2013

    • Atash

      There is no short cut from the summit but I am sure there is a portal to the pub :)

      2 · September 18, 2013

  • Mike S.

    This looks like fun, and I'm free that weekend..... I'll have to post something else to keep options available.... :)

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Anna

      join us!

      1 · September 17, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Loved this one. Have been up twice. Have a great trip you guys!

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Stephen

    1460 m, fully aware of risks involved :)

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Stephen

    Sorry i forgot to fill out the questions, d'oh!

    September 17, 2013

  • Anna

    Would be happy to join

    September 16, 2013

  • Atash

    Just got back from the Summit of Cascade. A few tips: There is a trail washed out before the bridge crossing so there will a fresh new trail to the left. Also new bridge is in construction so it say " Bridge closed" but avoid the sign and cross anyways. The new bridge is placed at different location so it doesn't connect to the Elk lake trail right away. Once you get to the other side take right. You will find the original Elk lake trail back. After Rock wall beyond amphitheatre, stick the left as close to the ridge as possible to avoid what we did, we scrambled[masked] m on the rock field going up to the first hump. After the first hump you will have to scramble down and up to go to the second hump. As soon as you see cairn on the second hump, take right instead of continuing to the falls summit.

    September 15, 2013

    • Atash

      Looked like trailed is washed out so we made our own trail. We had to scramble down to the right form the second hump before the false summit. You will find a trail going to the back of the false summit. Look for a red ribbon. There are 4 places of good exposure and scree slog up the main summit. Took me 10 hrs (10 am to 8pm)without lunch breaks also I climb Yamnuska the day before so I was not too energetic. With big groups (more than 6) it will make it may take 1-2 hrs extra also too much traffic on this mountain is not good especially at those 3 exposures facing east. My recommendation, if you don't like exposure this hike will be a good test. Please consult your organizers, they are very well experienced. Have fun!!

      September 16, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Thanks for the intel Atash! This is excellent to know!

      September 16, 2013

  • Tonia

    18km to the peak? I am in! :)

    September 6, 2013

    • Andy D.

      I think that is a misprint. Did it before and it sure wasn't 36 km return. I think 18 km is the total return distance. Makes more sense. Still an epic hike though.

      1 · September 7, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Oops, 18km return!!

      1 · September 8, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    Please note the date change to Saturday, September 21st.

    September 8, 2013

  • Atash

    This was seating in my to do list from a while. Love to join :)

    September 2, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Hmmm, haven't done this in years. Might consider a Sunday scramble. There would have to be a pub involved afterwards though :)

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      The pub afterwards will be epic!!

      August 28, 2013

  • Doug R

    Only if you behave!

    1 · August 28, 2013

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  • Jessica C.
    Platinum Member, AST 1, Special Member, Cookie Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Anna
    Gold member
  • Tonia
    Platinum Member, AST 1, Special Member Forever!
  • A former member

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