Gap Peak


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Monday, April 26, 2004
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,257
Elevation Gain (m): 
1200
Total Distance (km): 
9.50
Difficulty Notes: 

Mostly hiking and easy scrambling with some very loose terrain and minor exposure along the summit ridge. Only attempt if dry.

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Trip Report

For some reason this peak became quite popular as of late and a number of scramblers, including me, decided that since the weather has been so nice of late we would get a jump on the season and bag a 'new' peak. This one took two tries for me due to lingering snow and questionable conditions on the first try. My brother from Toronto came out for the Easter long weekend and we decided to make this the first peak ever for him.

 

 


[Looking up at Gap from the parking area.]


[Near tree line, looking up at the first cliff band.]

 
[Thanks to the brutal winds that howl down the Bow Valley, trees end up looking like this.]


[Rod traverses under the second cliff band.]


[Vern chilling on the ascend ridge.]


[Cool summit ridge.]


[Rod comes along a snowy summit ridge with familiar Kananaskis peaks in the background including Windtower, Lougheed I, II and III, Wind, Allan, Collembolla, Pigeon and McGillivray (R to L).]


[Almost there!]


[Vern and Rod on the first of what would be many summits together!]


[Fable seen from the summit.]


[Rod comes down the summit ridge - the red line is where we went up.]

 

Considering that Rod had never seen a mountain till the day before (Ink Pots) he did very well indeed! Especially when I decided to go around the rock pinnacles on the upper slopes to the left, but off of the scree! My suggestion is that if you're a competent scrambler you will enjoy going straight up the pinnacles and over rather than around any sides. We came back over top of them and found this to be much more enjoyable!

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