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Mount Weed
Banff National Park, Alberta
August 17, 2003
Distance: 8.8 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1340 m

If you decide to climb Mount Weed, be prepared for a long plod up scree. The trip starts up a drainage which eventually turns into a gully so broad that it felt like Dinah and I weren't even moving! Once we got to the rocks, things become more interesting. As we climbed higher, the gully became steep and narrow. And as the Scrambles book warns, rockfall is indeed a hazard. We started a rockfall – running like a waterfall – that lasted for a few minutes! When Dinah and I reached the summit, we could see little as smoke from a forest fire blunted the scenery.

KML and GPX Tracks

Hiking up the drainage

Still in the drainage

Picturesque side canyon on our left that we passed

We reached an open area before the two boulders

The twin boulders indicated we are on track

We began a long scree slog

Hiking on the rubble in the drainage

Looking back at the boulders

The ascent gully snakes up south of Mount Weed

We slowly drew closer to the gully

We finally reached the base of the rocks

Interesting rock formation (mouse over for a different angle)

We welcomed the change of scenery from the long approach

Ascending the gully below the summit

Coming out of the gully

Then it's a short hike up scree to the summit

Dinah sits by the summit cairn

Coming down between two boulders

Mount Weed from the highway

82 N/15 Mistaya Lake

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