2,590 m (8,495 ft)
Elevation gain: 900 m (we made it about halfway up)
Roundtrip time: approx.
Scrambling with Linda.
Report by Linda Breton.
Going to the mountains is going home. ~ John Muir
it had been over a month since my last trip to the mountains, I was pretty
desperate even to see their faces. A scramble would even be better, I thought.
Drew suggested the East End of Rundle (EEOR), then graciously agreed to join me
(thus foregoing his beloved football).
scramble itself is not very difficult, quite short, and very close to a good hot
meal afterwards (Canmore). Perfect for a cold winterís day! Switchbacks
through a forest, which was surprisingly fragrant despite the chilling
temperatures, led to a more open ridge area. The ridge is filled with a myriad
of routes to choose from, including fun scrambly bits over interesting rock
outcrops. The snow posed very little problem in most of these areas, though that
was probably due to someone breaking trail for me.
an open point on the ridge, we came across a large boulder that had a log-lever
installed under its north side. Concerned by somebodyís sadistic sense of fun,
we carefully removed the log, allowing the boulder to stay at its panoramic
into the scramble, it had become obvious that this would be a very cold trip.
The wind-chill was far worse than either of us had expected. As we gained
altitude, venturing into more sparsely treed areas of the ridge, the full
effects of the gale could be felt. Despite having trouble peering through a gap
in the excessive headwear around my face, I still managed to freeze a small area
of cheekbone. The condensation in my jacket iced up, and it felt more like I was
wearing a soft-sided cooler, sadly minus the beer. Drew also began to suffer
from a persistent problem of frozen digits. We made the call to turn around
about halfway up, somewhat disappointed by the failure, but still happy with the
lovely views even at this point. Itís always great to be out in the mountains
Ha Ling Peak (left) and Lawrence Grassi (right)
Looking to the south towards the Goat Range and Spray Lake; notice the log protruding from under the huge boulder - some absolute moron(s) was obviously trying to topple the rock from it's resting place; it would have gone hurling down the southwest side of mountain, destroying everything in its path (we did remove the log!)
Linda, on the ridge and trying to stay warm
Another look at Ha Ling Peak (photo by Linda)
The upper slopes of East Rundle (photo by Linda)
Click HERE to see Linda's panorama