Burstall, Mount


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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The crux is exposed and a fall will kill you - only do if dry and confident.

Trip Report

After scrambling Mount Pilot and Brett the day before and driving all the way to Elkwood campground in Kananaskis I was ready for a shorter and easier day. I chose to finally do Mount Burstall since it had been on my radar for a long time already.


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hello Vern;
I'm coming up in July, to be precise the first ten days of July. Although I have some other, easier scrambles planned and am also signed up for s guided climb on Mt. Victoria, I figured I'd try Mt. Burstall or something of similar difficulty in the area.
Would it, in your opinion, be too early? I am sensing that snow will linger for a long time this summer...and that Burstall needs to be quite dry.
The other difficult scramble I' eyeing is Compression Ridge...which one is more fun?


Hey Jan,

I'm hoping Burstall is dry by July, but it might not be. Burstall is a very short day compared to Compression. I liked both of those peaks but Burstall definitely has better views. Compression might be dry earlier though. Keep your eye on trip reports and I think you'll get a good sense for snow cover by the end of June.

Thanks for awesome pics especially of lakes below. I'm 68 and started snow shoeing with a passion 8 years ago. I did a run in January 2014 around Hogarth lakes up waterfall and over to Burstall lakes and returned the same way. Nice to see birds eye view of the area. Keep up the good work.

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