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Assiniboine - North Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 16:52:01
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
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The North Ridge is considered the normal route up Mount Assiniboine.
The North Ridge is considered the normal route up Mount Assiniboine. General plan is to go straight up the North Face to gain the North Ridge, which is then followed to the summit. Rest assured that it looks far worse than it is. Select a line that looks reasonable -- usually one somewhat to the left of the steeper north faces -- and adjust that route as the terrain during the climb suggests.

The first two-thirds or so are easy scrambling on loose rock: it is important to get an early start and be the first party on the peak or to select a line that is not below other climbers. Injuries from falling rock are not uncommon here. The first obstacle is a band of harder -- and therefore steeper -- rock that is obvious from the hut; good route finding can discover scramble routes through this band. An easier angle, but even looser rock, leads for the final one-third to the North Ridge.

The individuals in most parties will climb individually to this point, although a few may wish the security of the rope when ascending the gray band. Once on the ridge, the climbing gets more interesting and the rock is far harder and more stable. Again, some parties climb the entire North Ridge unroped and without the placement of pro; however, because the steepness of the North Face increases as one proceeds toward the summit and the exposure of the Eest Face is, well, inspiring, most climbers will want to take reasonable precautions -- even a minor slip could be...

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