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.


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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.


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A bit better shot with a look at Wind Tower and Mt Lougheed 1 as the sun is starting to come up.


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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.


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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 summit.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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



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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



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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.


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A taller photo of the same.


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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.


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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.


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Summit of Rimwall, 2703m, 27 Sept 2019. This was summit 28/107 in my quest for all of the peaks
from the deck.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Some of the boys' photos


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Start to the day.


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Early start to the day with Kjetil and I dropping layers.


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I'm showing Kjetil the way here.


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I finally bought bear spray since I took my 5 year old camping and figured it's responsible to have it.


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A shot of me as we got to the ridge line.


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As the sun came up, we could see a bit of snow dusting on the trail at starting time.


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Me with Wind Tower behind me.

Video of the area below treeline



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Thomas is practicing the use of an ice axe.


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Thomas and I enroute.

Video of the north side of Rimwall and its steepness (and Thomas' fear)



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Thomas is all 'puckered up' here.


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Thomas and I laughing about his puckering.


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Kjetil says 'Get after it'!

Video of the summit with Kjetil



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Path to the summit push.


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Kjetil showing off the use of his crampons on the rock step.


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Nice look down the ridgeline to Rimwall W2 I think.


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A nice look as we're coming down to the ridge from the summit.


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Thomas and Kjetil with a selfie alongside Mt Lougheed and Mt Sparrowhawk.


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Kjetil and I on the ridge.

Look around the area



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The summit is in view here as the clouds opened briefly.


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Having a snack enroute with the Spray Valley below us.


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Shot of Mt Nestor on the other side of Spray Reservoir.


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Kjetil and I and the Spray Reservoir.


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Thomas and I on a nice morning.


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Post-hike refreshments - I'm always happy to have beer in the car!

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