Gap Mountain

Summit Elevation (m): 2667
Trip Date: Friday, July 02, 2004
Round Trip Time (hr): 3
Elevation Gain (m): 780
Total Trip Distance (km): 5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3/4 – you fall, you break something or worse
Difficulty Notes: A fall on the crux would severely injure or kill so take necessary precautions.
Technical Rating: SC7; YDS (4th)
GPS Track: Gaia
Map: Google Maps

Friday afternoon found me scrambling up this short but enjoyable mountain. I thought for sure I would run into a bear given my record this year so I made plenty of noise on the lower slopes! I wouldn’t hike up through the trees because you can basically go up on a trail starting from the road (about 300 meters from the parking lot) that follows a ravine all the way up.

At the top you have to go a bit to the left to gain the col but it’s really no big deal. If you’re not comfortable on loose exposed terrain don’t try this peak.

Gap Mountain Route Map

Follow Kane’s advice and if you go with a group make it a really small one and make sure you’re the first ones on the mountain! The views are fantastic from the top and this is absolutely worth every bit of sweat you’ll produce on the way up. Gap Mountain is a nice fast objective – I only took about 3 hours to go up and down and actually wish I spent more time at the summit but I had to be back in Calgary in time.

Summit view over the Kananaskis Lakes to Foch (L), Sarrail, Lyautey, King George, Indefatigable, Sir Douglas, French, Kent Ridge.
Pano from Rae (L) to Pocaterra, Roberta, Joffre, Foch, Sarrail, Lyautey, King George, Putnik, Indefatigable, Sir Douglas (R).

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