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Mount Edith (Three Summits: North, Center, South)
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.19 - 13:45:54
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Sawback Range
Participants: Ian Hunt, W. Piers, H. Doornberg
Difficulty: 3: Moderate
A good day out, good scramble with great views. The route to Cory pass and then summits N to S is infinitely better than the reverse direction.
From the Fireside parking lot situated just off the junction of 1A / Trans Canada west of Banff, follow trail to Cory Pass. Watch for the sign near a large tree and don't get confused and head for Edith pass. Be ready for the first climb of the day onto the ridge, it comes quick and it just keeps on taking and taking... However, once you are on to the lower ridge (1.25 hrs), gentler ground allows you to relax a little and enjoy the trail and the views ahead and behind across the Bow Valley with Mt Assiniboine on the horizon to the SSW. A short scramble down marks the end of the ridge and after a gentle climb, the trail crosses the lower SW face of triple summited Mt Edith to Cory pass. The snow often lingers right in the pass when the rest of the trail is clear. Note that you can go either to the pass itself or head up right just before the pass to the lower W ridge of Mt. Edith. Once on the ridge, there are great lunch spots where one can enjoy the views to the W of Mt Cory and to the N the very impressive Mt. Louis, (2.5 hrs).
From here, climb the scree heading towards the upper rock bands that guard the first summit, the north summit. The best line at the upper rock bands is to take a small gully that looks like a dead end from below, but reveals an even smaller gully at right angles on the right. Thrutch (you'll see what I mean) up this to gain about 5m of height then go to your left up the slabs or on the crest to the N summit a minute above (2554m). ENJOY !
[photo]mtedithNdescent.jpg[caption]Mount Edith North Descent[/photo]
Retrace your steps to the top of the tight gully, but instead of descending it, turn to the left and head down into a gap between two walls, and descend the groove (picture) to the scree below. Now lose a little more height so that...
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