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Wapta - West Face
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.29 - 19:28:18
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Waputik Mountains / President Range
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Participants: Sandra Martindale, Graeme Pole 1987.10.05

You can use any of three trailheads to get to the base of the west face of Wapta Mountain: Emerald Lake, Burgess Pass, Yoho Pass from Takakkaw Falls. The latter is recommended as it has the highest starting elevation. From Yoho Pass (51:28.4-116:29.3), head south on the "Wapta Highline" trail towards Burgess Pass for about 2 km, to where the trail is cleaved by several steep gullies. Just beyond this, you emerge onto an avalanche slope (51:27.3-116:29.6). Head up this, skirting the cliffbands higher up by easy ledges. Cross the high point at the head of the gully to drop into a shallow basin (51:27.2-116:29.8) (snow late and early in the season). Head south across this and climb over the knoll above. Follow a narrow scree balcony south until directly under the summit area. Pick any of several loose crack systems to ascend. The first few moves are lower fifth class. Higher up, it becomes a scramble to the summit. We rappelled (one rope) from the south end of the summit to regain the scree balcony. Two summers later, Harold Abbott repeated the route and wiggled our rap pins out with one hand. (Love that Eldon formation limestone!) Although the mountain appears close from the Yoho Valley Road, the ascent and descent makes for a long day. But the views are wonderful....

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