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Mt. Athabasca is on the Ice Field Park Way and one of the most popular peaks in the Canadian Rockies because of the easy access. This area gets its fair share of bad weather from the Colombia Ice Field. This peak has it all from moderate glacier routes, alpine ice headwalls, mixed limestone routes and good skiing.
Mt. Athabasca is located on the Ice Field Park Way on Sunwapta Pass at the big visitor center. During the wee hours you can drive 2km past the gate to a parking lot. Follow a well worn trail winter or summer up the moraines on the west side of the creek to the glacier.
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North Glacier Mod. Snow North America : Canada : ... : Mount Athabasca
INTRODUCTIONThis standard route was first descended in 1898 by Norman Collie and Hermann Wooley, after an unguided ascent of the harder North Ridge. Collie is credit with discovering and naming Mount Colombia and the Colombia Icefield.ROUTE DESCRIPTIONThis route needs an alpine start because the gate to the access road is only left open at night. There is a second gate, never unlocked for climbers, just past the trail parking.The trail to the glacier can be sussed out with head...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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