Etherington-Baril Ridge (Three Cairns)

Interesting Facts: 

Presumeably named either for the three large cairns at the summit (in the Kananaskis Guide Book by Daffern), or Etherington-Baril after it's located between Etherington and Baril Creeks in Mike Potter's Ridgewalks book.

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
Med
YDS Class: 
Hiking

Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28 2018 was forecast to be summer time in Alberta! After a bitterly long and cold winter, April was ending on a high note with several days pushing 25 degrees above zero, even in the mountains. Of course, these temperatures were too warm to safely enjoy the snow pack so I was left wondering what to do on Saturday. Any meaningful scrambles weren't in shape yet (way too much snow). I'd had Etherington-Baril on the list for awhile already and decided that since I was going to be solo, this was the day to try it. I had Hell's Ridge in mind as a second summit for the day in case conditions and energy levels allowed, since it's right in the vicinity anyway.

 


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Summit Elevation (ft): 
6,963
Elevation Gain (m): 
500
Round Trip Time: 
3.00
Total Distance (km): 
7.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist

Difficulty Notes: 

Mostly an off trail hike with scrambling opportunities if you look for them.