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Anniversary Scramble - Big Sister - S6 (Moderate)

  • Shouldice Arena

    1515 Home Road NW, Calgary, AB (map)

    51.071090 -114.165380

  • Silver BMW X5 - BKB 7940
  • I'd like to attempt big sister for the anniversary trip.

    From Peakfinder: 

    One of the most photographed views in the Rockies, The Three Sisters are probably recognized by more people driving along the Trans-Canada Highway than any of the other mountains in Alberta. They are also the peaks most associated with the community of Canmore, which has evolved from a railway siding and coal mining town to its current status as a thriving tourist related community.

    Big Sister, the highest of the Three Sisters, was first climbed in 1887 by James J. McArthur.

    Distance:  ~7KM Return

    Elevation Gain:  ~1300M

    Difficulty: S6 - If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself.

    **This is a more difficult moderate scramble and there are 2 down climbs to be negotiated, one of them being around 7 meters (23 feet) if you're not comfortable with fourth class, do not sign up for this trip!**

    Estimated trip time: 6-8 hours (on the mountain), always be prepared for 24 hours.

    Trailhead: From Canmore, follow the Smith-Dorrian Road to Spray Lakes. We park at the three sisters dam at the north end of the Spray lakes.

    Required gear: Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing with a waterproof shell, rock helmet, personal first aid kit, food and water - you can never have too much

    Cotton shirts can be appropriate during summer months.

    Recommended gear: Harness, Rappel device, 2 locking biners, prusik cord, Hiking poles, Gaiters, Headlamp(s) with extra batteries, Camera

    We will be attending the group picnic at bow valley provincial park near Canmore after the hike.

    Please bring cash for car-pool drivers. Gas for this location is $20 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.

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  • Mike S.

    Hey, there's a good chance this will get canceled later tonight due to the nature of this scramble and the forecast. Will send out an email if it doesn't get any better later this evening.

    September 6, 2013


    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Anna

    Mike, do I have to bring a rope? I gave a harness and a helmet.... Do you think I will be OK on Big sister? I like scrambling but never scrambled down with ropes. I'd like to do it though

    September 5, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Yup. I can pick you up.

      September 5, 2013

    • Anna

      Awesome. You're the man:-)

      September 5, 2013

  • Kris

    Sorry Mike I have to bail out this time.

    September 2, 2013

  • Anna G.

    Hello I have done middle sister and she was a beast. Is Big Sister the same elevation? Anna

    August 20, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Big Sister is about 150 Meters less than Middle Sister, it's also a lot shorter (KMs). It is a more technical scramble though.

      August 20, 2013


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