Storm Mountain

elevation: 3,092 m. height gain: 1,050 m.
area: Highwood Pass,AB map 82 J/10
2009-Aug-28


Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies south-west gully
We followed a nice trail up the south-west drainage.
Scramble: RT 6.0; 3.25 up. More fantastic weather, sunny and calm. It is hard to skip a weekend outing with such conditions. Because of the long drive, we decided on Storm's short scramble. We went up the south-west gully and came down the north-west gully for an exciting loop. The trail leads to the back of the basin quickly. We gained the ridge using the protruding rock strata, barely setting foot on loose rubble and headed for the southern summit. At the false summit, we descended a little to reach the ramp. It is an exhilarating position but the ramp is wide. Going up the break to gain the final section proved to be challenging for me. The length of the moderate scrambling taxed my psyche! Fab patiently coaxed me up. At the top, we enjoyed the amazing view and windless conditions. With calmed nerves, I followed Fab across the west ridge. About midway on the short connecting ridge, it is possible to drop down on the right (north) side and traverse below the narrow bit. The descent route requires finding the best possible way avoiding thin layers of scree on slab. Precarious scrambling took us back down to the north basin. We followed the drainage back down to the road. A very fine day with a rewarding summit.  near the basin
Pleasant hiking heading into the basin.
in the basin
The ascent to the ridge and the false summit are in view.
looking back
Looking back at the meadow below.
heading to south-west ridge
The ascent is enjoyable on the rock strata.
on the ridge
Storm's true summit from the ridge crest.
to the false summit
Heading to the false summit.
true summit
The ramp on the east side and summit ahead.
east side
The eastern valley from the ramp.
on the ramp
On the ramp.
mist in the background
Looking back at the false summit, Mist Mountain in the background.
crux ahead
Challenging section preceding the top.
cairn
Summit cairn and western view.
rae
Mount Rae.
west ridge
Fab midway on the west ridge. 
last look
A last look at the summit.
quick descent
Heading down the north-west drainage.
more descent
Finding the better scree run.
the descent
Descent from the true summit (T) and south summit (right).
back to grasses
Heading down the drainage.
highway below
A short, casual descent to the road.
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