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Mount Athabasca  


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Elevation: 3,491'
Location: 52.1756, -117.2475 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 21.8 miles from here

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Athabasca:
North Glacier   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 5000'   
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Featured Route For Mount Athabasca
North Glacier Route <br />Mount Athabasca <br />contour interval: 100 feet <br /> <br />Red - Serac <br />Red dots - avalanche runout <br />Green - North Glacier Route

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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Athabasca Summit Shot <br />Photo by Kirk Miller  <br />August, 2000 <br />climber parking circled blue
BETA PHOTO: Athabasca Summit Shot
Photo by Kirk Miller
August...
Mt. Athabasca <br />Red-North Glacier Route <br />Yellow-Silverhorn <br />Black-The Hourglass <br />Green-Regular North Face <br />Blue-North Ridge
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Athabasca
Red-North Glacier Route
Yellow-Silve...
Athabasca Summit Ridge <br />Snow Dome behind <br />obscures knife-edgedness
Athabasca Summit Ridge
Snow Dome behind
obscures k...
Steve Eddy, 1975, N Face above rock band near summit ridge
Steve Eddy, 1975, N Face above rock band near summ...
The Silverhorn straight ahead, the pass on the left gets you up into the North Face basin, and the Normal Glx route traverses under the bergshrund to the right.
BETA PHOTO: The Silverhorn straight ahead, the pass on the lef...
View of Silverhorn/North Ridge, August 13, 2011
View of Silverhorn/North Ridge, August 13, 2011
Athabasca in March of 2011. Insane amount of snow on the North Face.
BETA PHOTO: Athabasca in March of 2011. Insane amount of snow ...
Mt Athabasca, Steve Eddy, 1975, N Face Rock Band
Mt Athabasca, Steve Eddy, 1975, N Face Rock Band
astroid alley
BETA PHOTO: astroid alley
1975, N Face topping out
1975, N Face topping out

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