The climb of Stanley Peak from the Castle-Radium highway is a popular one with Calgary mountaineers, but I had never even started out for it before this trip. It was an opportunity to combine a new climb for myself with making a contribution to the ACC Calgary Section. After the usual extensive churning of the participant list, almost to the last moment before departure, it settled down into two groups: six to tackle the exciting mixed terrain of the Northwest Ridge, and three to take the north slopes head-on, not wanting to take off their crampons until the descent.
The larger group of us (minus Istvan, who was to meet us at the trail- head) left Calgary about noon on Saturday. With Istvan in tow, we enjoyed a very pleasant hike up the Stanley Glacier trail. We paused briefly at the valley-head bivvy area before taking a sharp right turn above the lower cliff band, and continued up rock steps for a bit under an hour, then camped on a good ledge system, with plenty of daylight left, thanks largely to Pat and Jon for their routefinding advice based on past experience.
The north-face team (Dave, Hans, and Ray) were expected to be a couple of hours behind us, as one of them needed most of the day to... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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