Cataract Peak


Trip Details
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
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It's hard to rate this trip. It's obviously a huge objective both distance and elevation-wise but fairly easy technically if dry. I'm rating it as "easy alpine".


Trip Report

I capped an awesome 9 days off in July 2017, with a long-sought adventure up the distant, obscure and somewhat neglected Cataract Peak, just across the Pipestone River Valley in Banff National Park. This mountain has been on my radar for many years now - mostly because it's high (almost 11,000 feet) without being so high that it gets more attention (i.e. 11,000 feet). When Ben and Steven did it back in September of 2014 I was fairly bummed that I didn't get to join them. Since then it became very slightly more popular than it was before, with at least one or two ascents made using their excellent beta. This had a reverse effect on me, pushing the mountain down my priority list a bit. The last few years have seen many of my long-sought peaks climbed by friends and acquaintances. Often I'll try to wait a few years after a more obscure trip that I've wanted to do is published by someone else - to let the beta and fresh images from others' fade from my awareness and have a fresh experience myself. Cataract was one of these objectives for me. After Raf and Ferenc did the peak in 2015 and no one in my social circles did it in 2016, I knew it was time to put it back at the top of my own priority list before someone else put fresh images back in my consciousness!


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