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Mount Cory, S ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.04 - 05:09:52
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Sawback Range / Mystic Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Ian Hunt, K. Bates
Difficulty: 3: Moderate scrambling - loose rock, some exposure.
The upper ridge offers good scrambling. The lower part of the route requires route finding as the trail is quite poor.
Kanes' description is spot on for the parking spot (1.6km W of the Fireside turn on the 1A west of Banff)... and a nice trail heads into the trees... However, very soon after that, the trail is easy to misplace... we lost it... recommend that when you encounter the power line cut, head back east (R) until you are below the end of the rib. The trail we followed takes you into a ravine to the L of the rib and requires difficult scrambling out on to the rib. Try to find trails that get you onto the rib. Once on the rib, work you way up with little respite by staying close to the crest of the rib. Towards the top it becomes a little greener and then emerges onto a very pleasent little meadow in a little pass with great view to the N up the Bow valley towards Lake Louise. This is a pleasent place to stop - about 2hrs from the car. The summit of Mt Cory is about another 2 hrs from here. Wander up the slopes to the right of the pass and then find your way down the other side into a notch - if you stay towards the R you will avoid a small drop off. We found an old shovel here....(?) From here work your way up to the L towards the yellow rock on the ridge line up a scree gully. Now stick to the ridge, gradually gaining height and then loosing a little as you cross a series on "humps"... although the route ahead can look a little serious, easy lines tend to unfold in each case. The final summit ridge is narrow scrambling. Good views to the E of Mount Edith, Mount Norquay and Cascade. Mt Cory has two summits of equal height... the connecting ridge has a large cornice early in the season (as it did on July 1 2005) that prevented a simple traverse to the other summit. Descent : the way you came... on descent the trail seems to draw you to the L towards the ravine. Recommend that...

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