Copper Mountain
Banff, Alberta
August 12, 2004

Copper Mountain is a long bike ride up Redearth fire road followed a relentlessly steep climb. Dinah and I mostly encountered open slopes; there was little scrambling along the way. We didn't come across any scree nor did we run into any obstacles. But other than starting up the huge avalanche slope as suggested, we had little idea where we were going. Much of the slope seemed to be a maze of gullies and low ridges. There were no landmarks and being in a gully, it was difficult to discern what lay ahead. But we just kept climbing and it worked out fine, and the paw-print bottom of the avalanche slope assured us we were in the right spot. We encountered no difficulties and returned the same way.

KML Track
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Our approximate route as seen from Mount Brett


We climbed the gully left of the strip of trees on the far right


Looking back is the obvious bottom of the avalanche slope


Above these rocks is another meadow (below)


The best scenery appears on the lower slopes


We're dwarfed by the striking cliffs on our left


Looking back down our ascent gully


Huge vertical slabs on our left


The avalanche slope with its distinctive shape at the bottom. Pilot Mountain behind us.


Higher up, we came to broad slopes


Finally the summit ridge is in sight


Final push to the ridge crest


The summit cairn and a stand of sorts


Castle Mountain


Heading back down


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