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Topic "Easy Eiffel (1 of 4)" started by Vern Dewit on Jul-27-2009
Topic "Eiffel Peak (1 of 10)" started by Jp S on Jul-30-2007
Topic "Eiffel Peak (1 of 7)" started by Ferenc Jacso on Jul-06-2008

Topic: Eiffel Peak (1 of 7)
Author: Ferenc Jacso
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2008 06:18 PM

Eiffel Peak 2008/07/05

Tamas arrived from Hungary 3 months ago with a couple of years of experience in the European mountains. We could finally do a scramble together on July 5. We also took my son, Ben, with us to his first moderate scramble. We prepared for all kinds of conditions and ended up climbing on snow on the standard route. We saw another scrambler doing the mountain on rock entirely so it is possible to do it without any gear.

We gave some intro to snow travel for my 14-year-old and it was a lot of fun for him. The snow was supportive most of the time except closer to the summit. On the way down, Ben enjoyed step kicking and standing glissade so much we stayed on snow for long diverting from our ascent route. We arrived back to Eiffel Lake Trail. A great day in the mountains!

Photos: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/564016736zpohGw

Topic: Eiffel Peak (2 of 7)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2008 07:32 PM

Really good pictures and great to see your son with you on top.


Topic: Eiffel Peak (3 of 7)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2008 08:06 PM

Good work!

I was on Sheol Mountain on Saturday so we were a few kilometers from each other that day. :)

I really like the picture of Eiffel from Pinnacle. Did you scramble up Pinnacle? Wa it easy? I'd like to do that someday... hopefully by the alpine route. :)

Topic: Eiffel Peak (4 of 7)
Author: Ferenc Jacso
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2008 08:25 PM

Bill, my (older) son passed me in height this year so it was time to take him to the next step. He begged me for long for this... otherwise I really don't want him to do the same as me. He did surprisingly well, and turned to snow fanatic right away ("almost like skiing"). I never thought he would ever climb with me, now I have to start to think about it.

Ken, the route we took to Pinnacle was alpine 5.5. I'm not sure if there is a scramble route up. I only seconded it but it was total fun, highly recommended. Route finding to me was magic, not quite a straightforward ridge. But the available descriptions are good.

Topic: Eiffel Peak (5 of 7)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2008 09:10 PM


I'll give it a try if I can convince my partner to lead.

BTW, is that rope still hanging near the top?

Topic: Eiffel Peak (6 of 7)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, July 07, 2008 07:12 AM

Excellent pictures and a very cool thing to do with your son Ferenc!

Vern Dewit

Topic: Eiffel Peak (7 of 7)
Author: Kevin Papke
Date: Monday, July 07, 2008 09:37 AM

Hi Ken, Pinnacle is a very nice mountain to get, it has an easy 5.4 pitch just past the col, be careful to take the proper gully (the first one, usually with a small stream/waterfall coming down), taking the wrong gully go's to bad places. after the top of the first pitch its easy to moderate scrambling to the big dark chimney with the rope, if its still there.
This chimney (5.5 hard) will have ice in it until August for sure. The hemp rope can be a big help by setting up a pressic knot as pro.
The is a good anchor at the top of this pitch.
Once on top its an easy exposed traverse right then leave the rope behind and slog to the summit.
Apparently this was rated the hardest climb in N America at the turn of the century.

Topic: Eiffel Peak (1 of 10)
Author: Jp S
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 12:31 PM

Scrambled Eiffel peak on Saturday with a group of 6. I have to thank Marko for the recommendation. This is a fantastic moderate scramble. I can definitely see myself repeating this sometime.

The great views start really early. You have very similar views to Temple with much less work and much smaller crowds.

It's a bit surprising that Eiffel hasn't received much attention on this board. Based on the trail it is very popular. The scrambling isn't difficult - so some of you would not see this as challenging at all. However, this is what I expect from something rated moderate.

There were really on three stretches of moderate scrambling - the first was about 5 metres, the second was about 30-40 low-angled metres and the third was also about low-angled 30-40 metres.

We had three people with little or no scrambling experience and they all made it to the top and enjoyed themselves quite a bit along the way. I would have liked a bit more scrambling but I think the three beginners found that there was just enough.

There is a nice trail from the Larch Valley trail. The group in front of us descended to the Eiffel Lake trail (mostly on snow). We just went back the way we came.

Also, we made it under Kane's outside time of 9 hours even though we took a leisurely pace, took lots of breaks and were quite slow on the scrambly bits.

Since we were moving relatively slowly, I have lots of pics, which I will put up soon. Anyway, Eiffel is a great moderate scramble.

On Sunday, we took it easy and hiked Iceline in Yoho (only 700 metres elevation gain and 13-14kms). That is a spectacular hike and recommended to all hikers. We thought about doing a loop via Celeste lake but the bridge is out. Although we heard that there might be some logs across the river.


Topic: Eiffel Peak (2 of 10)
Author: Jp S
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 12:35 PM

Oh - I noticed Ken had asked earlier about scree. There is a good trail almost everywhere on this. If you on the trail, there is almost no treadmill scree.

There was no snow on the scramble route.


Topic: Eiffel Peak (3 of 10)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 01:55 PM


I was up on Eiffel Peak on Saturday as well. I guess you were the napping scramblers on the summit?

I was with the large Japanese group.

It was a great day out wasn't it? We even left some beers in the stream adjacent to the trail for the return trip. Those went down really nicely... although someone stole one of the cans which was left unhidden. Haha!

Topic: Eiffel Peak (4 of 10)
Author: Jp S
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 05:17 PM

That's funny! Yeah - I was the napper with the dapper 1970s shirt. You had the new register, right? I take it that Yuji and Kazumi were the first two up the mountain.

You have to post links to your website when you post here - then I might have recognized you. Oh well - next time.

People in our group found your beer. Their instinct was to drink it but I told them to put it back in case it was yours (or it was case it was from last year). I'll have to make sure they put it back - if not, I'll find out who has incurred some bad mountain karma and also owes your friend a beer.

For rockfall (even though we had helmets), we took the opposite approach sticking close together so if something came down, it would not get going too fast. While there were a couple of places where you did not want someone scrambling far above you, the rockfall dangers were not bad by rockies standards.


Topic: Eiffel Peak (5 of 10)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 06:53 PM

That's too funny!

I was the guy with the new register. If I took the time to read your entry, I would have recognized your name. (That reminds me, I have to return the booklet to the Whyte Museum.)

We had a total of 8 cans of beer. Seven of us hid our cans under some slabs of rock but for some reason, Hideyoshi left his in the open. I didn't realize that until he told me it was missing afterwards.

But no worries, one of the girls wasn't into alcohol so she gave him her beer after posing for the photo shot. :)

I take it you came down the trail from the shoulder to the creek?

Topic: Eiffel Peak (6 of 10)
Author: Wietse Bylsma
Date: Monday, July 30, 2007 09:21 PM


Just read your Arethusa trip report, that didn't sound like fun at all. Glad we didn't take the alternate descent :-)

Great pictures though!

Wietse Bylsma

Topic: Eiffel Peak (7 of 10)
Author: Ken Takabe
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 08:53 AM


I read a lot of negative comments regarding the alternate descent on Arethusa but we decided to check it out anyways. :)

The bottom was like a water slide at an amusement park. The surface was smooth and curved with a good flow of water. Ugh! Won't be doing that again... even if it's completely dry.

Topic: Arethusa (8 of 10)
Author: Scott Berry
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 09:58 AM

The alternative descent is quite reasonable in early season when the gully has enough snow in it. I have also done it dry and did not find it too bad. When it is in between (wet, thin snow cover, etc.) I think it would really suck.

Topic: Arethusa (9 of 10)
Author: Mountain Ninja
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 05:23 PM

Looks like everyone on this board spent last weekend in the Lake Louise area. Nice!

Topic: Eiffel (10 of 10)
Author: Jp S
Date: Sunday, August 05, 2007 08:21 PM

Forecast scared us off for this weekend ... and then wasn't bad!! And then I couldn't convince people to go out for a least day.

Anyway, here's the Eiffel photos -



Topic: Easy Eiffel (1 of 4)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009 07:39 PM

I did Eiffel Peak last Friday on a beautiful summer day. I had the peak to myself the whole time, met 3 other folks on my way down after spending over an hour on the summit!


Vern Dewit

Topic: Easy Eiffel (2 of 4)
Author: Eric Coulthard
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009 08:19 PM

Great Photos. I love Eiffel Peak. It was my first scramble back in 2004.

Eric Coulthard


Topic: Easy Eiffel (3 of 4)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009 08:51 PM

Awesome photos (as always), Vern! And welcome back. How many Kane peaks do you have left to do now?


Topic: Easy Eiffel (4 of 4)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 09:58 AM

Thanks guys! I'm counting down the Kane peaks but it'll be a little while yet before they're done... ;-)

Vern Dewit