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Ascents of Wonder Pk., Mt. Cautley, Gibraltar Rock, and Cascade Rock
Timestamp Free: 2019.05.24 - 02:40:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Rick Collier
Difficulty: 2: Hiking and easy scrambling
This entry describes an excellent introductory alpine tour of four peaks for the beginning climber and the seasoned pro who wants an easy day.
This is a delightful ramble around the southern and eastern perimeter of Assiniboine Pass and along the Alberta/British Columbia boundary. None of the climbing is very difficult and yet summits of four named peaks are available to the aspiring alpinist, even one beginning to enjoy the sport. For anyone in reasonable shape this tour can be done in a moderate of 8-11 hrs since it covers only 18-20 km and gains a mere 4000' in elevation. As well, it affords spectacular views of the Assiniboine massif, Magog Lake and Meadows, and down over three thousand feet of cliffs to the floor of Bryant Creek.

Mardy and I started out reasonably early on July 11, 1988, from the Magog Campground, and were at Wonder Pass in about 1.5 hrs. From there we hiked up the lovely alpine meadows to the E until we came to the buttresses of Wonder Peak; at this point we traversed further E on the N side of the objective, finding easy scrambling in couloirs and along ledges to a col in the ridge - then back W on an interesting arete to the summit of Wonder (9350'/ 2852m). Once back on the scree, we continued NE to an unnamed bump at the SE corner of Assiniboine Park. At this point we turned NW and traversed easy slopes to the rounded summit of Mt. Cautley (9380'/ 2880m). From Cautley the route over to Gibraltar (9418'/ 2870m) is somewhat complex, but none of the scrambling is particularly demanding. However, one does have to descend 250' from Cautley and then regain 350' - of course on the way back the original 250' has to be reclimbed! Less than a kilometre away is another NE jutting ridge, this one leading out to Cascade Rock (9250'/2821m), a scramble far less demanding of talent or conditioning than Gibraltar. From both of these promontories, one can peer down along the precipices of the rock...

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