Wedge Mountain Summit

May 20, 2019. A spring ascent of a low summit in the Crowsnest Pass.

  • Distance: 7.2 km round-trip
  • Total Ascent: 490 m
  • Elevation of Objective: 1917 m
  • Hiking Time: 2h 13m

I’d previously snowshoed up Wedge Mountain Trail in the Crowsnest pass and found it to be a pleasant winter outing. At that time I’d taken a crack at getting up to the summit but had to turn back because of heavily snow-loaded slopes just bellow the summit. This year, on the May long weekend, I had intended to climb Turtle Mountain again, but the weather that day wasn’t favourable – low clouds were obscuring all the tall summits. Not wanting to waste a day in the mountains, I decided to take another crack at Wedge Mountain.

Access and route were as described before. I made it to the very spot that I’d had to turn around previously. It was thinly snow-covered and fairly straight-forward to ascend. Footing was a little iffy here and there because of the snow cover, but there’s no exposure, so a fall would only have resulted in scrapes and bruises. A brief scramble got me onto the summit ridge and I walked over to the cairn and cross which mark the summit.

Click on the pictures in the gallery below to access full-sized images.

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Topographic route overview. My prior post showed the route over-layed on satellite imagery.
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Elevation profile.
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Here’s the exact spot I had to turn around in January of 2018. On this occasion, aside from a little bit of slippery footing, ascending beyond here presented no problems.
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Just below the summit ridge. The terrain qualifies as easy scrambling, I think.
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The summit cairn and cross come into view.
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At the summit. You can see the low cloud stretching out to the horizon and the definite line where the precipitation fell as snow.
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Me on the summit. Crowsnest Mountain in the background.
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My intended objective for the day, Turtle Mountain, with its head stuck in the clouds.
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Telephoto view of Crowsnest Mountain. When I was a much younger man, I climbed that. Hopefully I’ll do it again soon. Ascending Wedge Mountain allows for some very nice views of this peak.

 

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