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.
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