Wendell Mountain GR:295675

elevation: 2,380 m. height gain: 1,380 m.
area: Exshaw,AB map 82 O/3
2010-Mar-23


Ref: Drew and Mark in the Canadian Rockies and Vern Dewitt's Explor8ion trail under aspens
Yamnuska through the trees.
Scramble: RT 8.75; 4.5 up. This is a nice long outing. The scenery along the way is stunning and the trails grant good travelling. Part of the Front Ranges, Wendell is a fine early or late season objective. We were lucky with our timing; there was very little snow on the approach but still some left on the scree slope making the ascent a lot easier. I went up the "gully" to reach the ridge while Fab went around, climber's right, on some slabs. Immediately after cresting from the gully, I was surprised to see how narrow the ridge is for about 5 meters. I crouched down and proceeded slowly. The following section of ridge is easier. We enjoyed the last stretch; the grade lessened giving us the opportunity to unwind a little. The weather was trying to move in. We remained at the top for a bit; although it was windy, it wasn't that cold with the sunshine. Returning was fast at first, the scree run is fine. In 4 minutes, we were back down to treeline! The rest of the hike was pleasant. The longer, warmer days of spring are welcome.
easy to find the trail
Cresting on the popular trail east of Yamnuska.
glad to be above the fog
Fog blankets the Foothills.
cmc valley
Following the horse trail down into CMC Valley.
road turns to trail quickly
Crossing the creek to the old road.
the terrain opens up
At the west end of the valley, we veered into Wendell's ascent drainage.
almost at treeline
Higher up, the scree slope appears.
loose scree
A closer look at the scree slope.
much better on snow
We stuck to snow as much as possible.
looking back
When snow ran out, we hugged the slabs to avoid the loose scree.
easy up to now
Heading to the gully, which bypasses the "first" pinnacle.
the gully
The gully is followed by the crux, a narrow section of ridge.
the summit is near
Beyond the crux, the "second" pinnacle is easily scrambled head on.
first summit this spring
Yeah, what a day!
weather not an issue
Weather is trying to move in.
morrowmount
The east side of Morrowmount.
leaving the top
Heading down.
pinnacle
The "second" pinnacle.
along the ridge
Along the ridge before the gully.
slabs on the way down
An alternative to the gully (yellow) and crux is to use the slabs climber's right (red).
great scree run
Fantastic scree run! Four minutes of fast, deep plunging.
not the same knife
Hey Bob, look what we also found!
last climb
Going back up the horse trail.
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