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Mount Engadine
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 6, 2003

Distance: 9.36 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1248 m

With it's ups and downs and turnarounds, we were pressed to be patient while ascending the west ridge of Mount Engadine. It's not a straightforward ridge to follow. Several times we were forced to lose elevation because of some obstacle and then seek a way to regain the ridge. The route starts on Buller Pass trail but follows it only briefly.

For Dale, Dinah and I, much of the ascent on Mount Engadine was an enjoyable but difficult scramble. But we were surprised but by the extensive routefinding on the ridge. We often had to backtrack to get around cliff bands and overhangs. After summiting, we descended the west-facing gully as recommended in the guidebook, but we ran into a narrow waterfall drop-off. The next gully east was also too steep to downclimb, we ended up descending the second gully over. That wasn't easy either. Next time, I would try a gully farther west or simply return the same way.

KML and GPX Tracks

It becomes interesting once above the treeline

Working our way along ledges

We stayed below the ridge crest for some time

More side-sloping

On the ridge. On the descent we went down this gully.

We didn't stay on the ridge for long

We found we could stay below the ridge most of the time

Looking back at one of the overhangs that must be bypassed

Some good scrambling can be found along the ridge

We found ourselves well below the ridge crest

Once again we looked for a place to gain the ridge

Straddling the crest

Coming up to a downclimb. Summit is in view.

Downclimbing steep rock

Back up to the ridge crest

Steep climb before the summit

Looking back along the ridge. The final stretch to the summit was a scree slog.

Last steps to the top

Dale waits for us at the summit cairn

Mount Buller

Starting down from the summit

Coming down our descent gully

Coming down the gully

Routefinding wasn't easy on our descent

Dinah appears exhausted when we reached the treeline

82 J/14 Spray Lake

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