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Cinquefoil Mountain
Jasper National Park, Alberta
June 25, 2005

When Dinah and I stepped onto Merlin Pass trail, my only thought was to get our climb up Cinquefoil Mountain over with. It was raining, and clouds obscured the mountains. Fortunately, the route unfolded just like in the guidebook. When we reached a clearing, we could see the notch that we needed to get to. Better yet, a side trail took us in the right direction. The trail disappeared into a meadow only to reappear when we reached the base of the notch. After ascending the notch, we soon gained the undulating ridge but were plunged into a low cloud.

On a nice day, this would have been a pleasant climb, but this morning we could see little beyond our feet. The rain turned to drizzle and followed us all the way to the summit. There was no point for us to lounge at the top as Kane suggests: we were cold and wet and couldn't see much. Because of the rain, I could only point my camera west. After taking a partial panorama, we started back down.

Soon after starting our descent, however, the rain ceased, and the inclement weather began to ease. We did the last half of the descent in sunshine, but the surrounding mountain peaks remained shrouded in low clouds.

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Dense undergrowth crowded the trail, and we quickly became soaked. The notch is on the left.


Coming up to the base of the notch


Starting up


Climbing up the notch


On the ridge but there was little to see


Dinah smiles just before mist threatens to roll over us


Visibility worsened

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The mist on the ridge cleared for a moment before snapping shut


The mist overtook us as we headed to the summit


Almost there


A chilly pause for a summit shot. The blue thermos is the register.


Looking back at the summit on our descent when the clouds began to lift

Jasper and Talbot Lakes on our descent


This golden-mantled ground squirrel kept an eye on us


The sun shined on the lower ridge


We were tempted to turn around when the sun came out, but clouds threatened to return


Looking back after reaching the meadow. The notch is right.


Cinquefoil Mountain seen from our parked car


83 E/1 Snaring Rive, 84 F/4 Miette

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