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Habel - East Shoulder to North Ridge Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.22 - 06:39:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Wapta Icefield
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I have ski-ascended Mt. Habel five times, four times by this route. In good conditions, the peak is a delight. Daniel Martineau and I once skied a powder snow descent all the way from the summit rocks to Peyto Glacier. Be wary of avalanche loading as you ascend the east shoulder. The convex slope on top can intimidate, especially if it is icy.

Most parties approach this peak from the Peter and Catharine Whyte hut. Ski roped. Ascend into the heavily-crevassed basin between Mt. Habel and Mt. Rhondda, 51:39.0-116:03.4. Make a sweeping 180 degree turn to the north to gain the southern aspect of the east shoulder of Habel, 51:39.00-116:33.9. Zig-zag up this onto the convex slope at the top. Head southwest to pick up the summit ridge, at which point you will kick off your skis if you haven't yet. Scramble south along the rocks to the penultimate high point, which is separated from the slightly higher, true summit by a narrow cleft. The summit tower (51:38.8-116:34.2 ) is a bit out of the comfort zone for most folks wearing ski boots, so the last but one bump on the ridge suffices.

Descend the same way, or for a less steep variation, pick up your skis and carry on down the west ridge, then trend northwest along the continental divide to the col at 51:39.3-116:35.1, from where you can drop east back onto Peyto Glacier on a slope that is often wind-blasted and...

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