Thomas, Kjetil and I took a run at Rimwall Summit with a major snow event in the forecast.
We started really early to increase our chances of success and in the end made very sound
route decisions to get home safely.
We started the day pretty early (I left my house at 4:45am) since we knew the snow was coming in
and wanted our best chance to summit a mountain in the Rockies for my Norwegian Viking friends
Thomas and Kjetil (pronounced Shet-tle). This is an early attempt to capture a bit of the skyline
as we got a look at the pass.
A bit better shot with a look at Wind Tower and Mt Lougheed 1 as the sun is starting to come up.
We weren't sure whether we were going to do Rimwall or Wind Tower, but in the dark in the morning
we wound up a bit on the high side of the drainage and so decided to continue on towards Rimwall.
Here is Thomas with a dusting of snow on the rock. I told him his baby blue toque was manly.
He said a bunch of things that I can only guess were Norwegian curse words back to my sarcasm.
Looking back at the Spray Reservoir, Mt Nestor, and Goat Mountain. I thought the views on this
morning were extra stunning since I was expecting white out early and it didn't come until after
Our original goal on this trip was going to be Mt Sparrowhawk, but the weather window (and the fact
that I was sick as a dog and couldn't hear) meant we shifted our goal. Here's Thomas with a look
at Lougheed 2 and Mt Sparrowhawk. Next time gents.
The top half of Rimwall was actually amazing since there was virtually no wind, making it ultra
peaceful and a really nice morning. Here are the boys having a bite before pushing on.
It was definitely a bit greasy with a reasonable slop and some snow on the scree, but Thomas and
Kjetil did just fine on the way up.
As we got up to the ridge, we got a glimpse of Mt Lougheed 1, 2, and some of Sparrowhawk too.
For a complete trip up Lougheed 1, 2, and 3, see HERE
We got up to the actual ridge and Thomas's knees turned a bit to jelly. He is looking over about a
~500m vertical drop to death on the other side of this wall.
View from the ridge of Rimwall
A nice shot of Thomas and Kjetil, Wind Tower (in the clouds), Mt Lougheed 1 (just visible),
and a butt-puckering look down to the other side.
When the guys asked me to take them on a peak (which I volunteered to do last year when I was in
crutches), I told them they needed to rent crampons and an ice axe. They were game and did exactly
that, and when the surface got a little 'side-slippy', they were happy they had the crampons on.
This was the point it got a little real. This is almost mixed climbing and was the point that Thomas
decided was far enough for the day.
Summit of Rimwall, 2703m, 27 Sept 2019. This was summit 28/107 in my quest for all of the peaks
from the deck.
Kjetil on Rimwall Summit. The skies cleared briefly for us. I think we summited about 10am and
it was just in time as the skies closed in pretty soon after this.
Kjetil and I doing a selfie on the summit. We couldn't quite see Canmore on this day, but
we were pleased we could see anything given the forecast.
This is the final push to the summit, but on the way back down. The ridge is actually pretty gnarly-
looking trying to head west from here, but I bet it's doable.
I think that's Rimwall W2 as the outcropping here, but I thought the contrast of snow on one side
and none on the other was cool.