Columbia, Mount


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2015 to Monday, April 20, 2015
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

Crevasses, avalanches and a remote location in the middle of a large ice field are the main difficulties when climbing Colubmia. Don't underestimate it just because it's not technically that hard!


Trip Report

I've been waiting many years to climb Alberta's highest mountain and the 2nd highest peak of the Canadian Rockies. Ever since reading Dave Stephen's day trip report in 2004 and a trip by JW and Raf in 2006 it's been on my radar and in 2009 when a whole bunch of friends climbed it (but not without incident). I really thought I'd have done it by now, so what exactly was I waiting for? I was trying to be smart about it. While the "Big C" isn't technically a very difficult climb, there are many hazards that can seriously challenge one's summit push including;


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Hello Vern, I find your post really impressive and I really like the fact that you share your experience on this wonderfull Mountain. I just move to Calgary this January and I would like to do the Mount Columbia in one day but i don't really know where to start. I have some moutainering experiance but I would like to find a partner willing to do it in one day. Could you give me some advice. Thank you!

Hi Etienne,

Yes! Many people have day-tripped Columbia. The record might be around 16 hours but most take closer to 20 or more. I would suggest hitting up the 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies Facebook Group at for potential partners, just be ready for some scrutiny at first, as people will want to know who you are and why you have such an aggressive goal. :)

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