Burns East Ridge II
Kananaskis, Alberta
May 30, 2004

After a fun scrambling ascent up through the pinnacles on the south slope of the East Ridge of Mount Burns in 2003, Dinah and I wanted to return to try a different route and to see if we could climb higher. This time we traversed the east ridge.

After hiking to a high point on the ridge we were stopped by cliffs, but we explored further. After crossing a basin, we dropped down 200 m to get around the cliff bands. We climbed as far as we could before stopping on a narrow, exposed ridge. To return to our car, we dropped down the south slopes to the Sheep River Trail and followed it back.


Our route


The east ridge


Jacob's ladder


Mount Hoffman on the right


We followed the ridge


We soon got above the treeline


Bluerock Mountain


On the ridge


The ridge is a hike except for this short, easy scramble


We traversed below a high point


After this high point we drop down on the left side to get below a cliff band


Crossing the basin below the cliff band


Looking for a weakness to regain the ridge


On the ridge: we'll go to the right of the rock buttress


Nearing the end of the line


As far as we got


Heading back


Looking south across the Sheep River Valley


I climbed a pinnacle


Mount Rae

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