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Burstall Pass Peak

Summit Elevation (m): 2593
Elevation Gain (m): 1000
Trip Time (hr): 7
Total Trip Distance (km): 19
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something. Unless you’re caught in an avalanche – then you could die.
Difficulty Notes: Winter ascent includes serious avalanche risks. Learn how to manage these risks and perform avalanche burial rescues before attempting this trip.
Technical Rating: OT4; YDS (Ski)
Map: Google Maps

On Saturday, January 23 2010 I joined a nice large group of friends for a jaunt up Burstall Pass Peak in the Burstall Pass area of Kananaskis. Since I had a bat attitude (or “battitude”) on the evening before, I decided to sleep in an extra hour and try to catch the rest of the group on the way up the pass. I was a bit bummed out on the drive to K-country because the weather was very grey and depressing. I was starting to think sleeping in would have been a great idea.

Burstall Pass Peak Route Map

At the parking lot the weather was still socked in but since I was there anyway I decided to get a work out and try to catch up to the rest of the group. I went quickly up the trail and 1 hour 5 minutes later I was over the first major elevation gain and thinking that I may not catch the group quite as quickly as I thought! 

Cutting across some snow slopes near Burstall Pass, heading towards the peak.

At the final slope before the pass I finally heard voices ahead of me and was relieved to come around a corner and run into the group. To make things even better, the sun finally started to poke out and there wasn’t even a breath of wind as we crested the pass – very unusual for this area.

Anne-Marie and TJ on the summit of Burstall Pass Peak.

TJ led a great line up the first peak and soon we were strapping our skis on our packs and starting on a very cool high traverse to the true summit. We spent a good half hour on the summit with snow dust drifting down on us and the sun warm on our faces – it was fantastic! 

Looking over South Burstall Pass (R) towards the line of rock that is Whistling Rock Peak (L), Zeke’s Peak and Mount Sir Douglas (R).
Looking over South Burstall Pass (C) towards the line of rock that is Zeke’s Peak (L) and Mount Sir Douglas (C).
Mount Assiniboine looms over the Spray River Valley and the mountains lining it’s western edge.

The ski down the pass had some great moments, the best being some glades just under the pass.

Skiing back down into the Burstall Valley under Mount Birdwood.

All-in-all a great day out and I’m very glad I didn’t miss it.

Burstall Pass Peak
Skiing up under Birdwood Peak.
Skiing up under Birdwood Peak.
Snow Peak rises over Burstall Pass.
Snow Peak rises over Burstall Pass.
Our large group approaches treeline and Burstall Pass.
Our large group approaches treeline and Burstall Pass.
Our large group approaches treeline and Burstall Pass.
Our large group approaches treeline and Burstall Pass.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Skiing up towards Burstall Pass Peak.
Crossing a steep snow slope.
Crossing a steep snow slope.
Looking back at our approach trail from the pass, Snow Peak on the left and Birdwood behind it.
Looking back at our approach trail from the pass, Snow Peak on the left and Birdwood behind it.
The skiing gets steeper.
The skiing gets steeper.
TJ breaks trail up the ridge to the first summit of Burstall Pass Peak.
TJ breaks trail up the ridge to the first summit of Burstall Pass Peak.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
The group follows TJ up the ridge.
Preparing for the traverse to the true summit.
Preparing for the traverse to the true summit.
Mount Lemon and Leval (R) with Leman Lake in between.
Mount Lemon and Leval (R) with Leman Lake in between.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Talon and Soderholm.
Talon and Soderholm.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
Traversing to the summit.
TJ and Anne-Marie on the summit.
TJ and Anne-Marie on the summit.
Lemon with Talon and Soderholm.
Lemon with Talon and Soderholm.
TJ and Anne-Marie on the summit.
TJ and Anne-Marie on the summit.
At the summit.
At the summit.
At the summit.
At the summit.
Leman, Talon, Soderholm, Leman Lake, White Man, Leval.
Leman, Talon, Soderholm, Leman Lake, White Man, Leval.
Leman Lake with Leval and White Man rising above.
Leman Lake with Leval and White Man rising above.
Mount Leman.
Mount Leman.
At the summit.
At the summit.
Mount Sir Douglas.
Mount Sir Douglas.
Leval, Vavasour, Warre, Currie and other peaks rise above the Spray River Valley.
Leval, Vavasour, Warre, Currie and other peaks rise above the Spray River Valley.
Mount Assiniboine rises above Mount Currie.
Mount Assiniboine rises above Mount Currie.
The Spray River Valley.
The Spray River Valley.
Whistling Rock, Zeke's Peak and Sir Douglas rise above South Burstall Pass.
Whistling Rock, Zeke's Peak and Sir Douglas rise above South Burstall Pass.
Anne-Marie and Keith.
Anne-Marie and Keith.
Views south over Mount Williams.
Views south over Mount Williams.
South Burstall Pass and Mount Sir Douglas.
South Burstall Pass and Mount Sir Douglas.
The group at the summit.
The group at the summit.
White Man rises at left beyond Leval.
White Man rises at left beyond Leval.
Looking south over South Burstall Pass.
Looking south over South Burstall Pass.
Ready to ski back down the Burstall Valley.
Ready to ski back down the Burstall Valley.
Looking back up at Burstall Pass Peak with our descent tracks.
Looking back up at Burstall Pass Peak with our descent tracks.

 

2 thoughts on Burstall Pass Peak

  1. Found a pair of Foster Grant folding prescription glasses in a case on the summit of Burstall Pass Peak. Contact me if you know who lost them. They look expensive.

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