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View from Centre Peak

Mount Edith
Banff National Park, Alberta
July 20, 2002
Distance: 13.3 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1350 m

Gert, Wayne, Dinah and I did the three-peak loop for Mount Edith beginning with the North Peak. Following Cory Pass trail, we hiked 6 km to the pass. From there we took a good trail to the base of the north and highest peak of Mount Edith. To reach the summit, we ascended the left chimney, but for variety, come down the right chimney. After descending, we continued along the ridge and scrambled up the Centre Peak.

Next came the South Peak, the most interesting and challenging of the three peaks. After going through the tunnel, we came out onto a ledge. In looking for a way up, we followed the ledge too far and turned around before finding a way up. Once we found a route, we scrambled up to the south summit. For the South Peak, I thought the scrambling was moderate, but routefinding was difficult. On our descent, we skipped the tunnel and instead followed the exposed ledge. We finished our triple-peak scramble by descending from the Centre-South Col.

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The three peaks of Mount Edith seen from Mount Cory

Mount Edith from the approach trail

Hiking to the col, the early morning sun casts our shadows

Starting up from the col

Nearby to the northwest is Mount Louis

South-facing chimneys: we went up the left chimney that has brief
exposure and came down the right chimney although it is narrower

Near the top of the left chimney

Wayne prepares to jump across a notch to the summit of the North Peak

Descending from the North Peak

Come down the right chimney

Back below the chimneys

Going to the Centre Peak

Scrambling up

On the Centre Peak

Heading down from Centre Peak to South Peak

Looking back

Dinah crawls out of the tunnel on the South Peak

Going along the ledge

Scrambling up through the rock flakes

Scrambling near the summit

On the South Summit

Coming down from the south peak, we'll soon be back at the rock flakes

The exposed ledge that avoids the tunnel is actually easy

The photo is not turned around. I'm looking down as Gert, Dinah, and Wayne descended a crack.

Mount Rundle on the left

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