Rhondda, Mount

Trip Category: 
MN - Ski Mountaineering
Interesting Facts: 

Named by Interprovincial Boundary Survey in 1917. Thomas, David Alfred First Viscount Baron Rhondda (David Thomas was a British parliamentarian who introduced an effective food rationing system in Britain during WW I.) Official name. First ascended in 1923 by A. Geoffrion, J.W.A. Hickson, guided by Edward Feuz jr.. Journal reference CAJ 24-77. (info from peakfinder.com

Technical Difficulty Level: 
6
Endurance Level: 
High
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Summit Elevation (m): 
3,015

Most of my Wapta summits have had brilliant blue skies and views to die for. Mount Rhondda was not one of those peaks. When I first ascended it back in April of 2007 we had very windy conditions with limited views. I set out to rectify this injustice on Thursday, April 26 2018 on a brilliantly sunny and warm Spring day. I was joined by Liz and Alison, both of whom had not done this central icefields peak before. I am surprising myself a bit the past few years, by repeating peaks - something I was very opposed to earlier in my peakbagging career. I think as I approach 600 unique summits, I'm fully appreciating how little the number of summits actually matters, and how much more important the enjoyment and experience of said peaks is. Don't get any ideas though. I'm not repeating anything that I feel lucky to have survived the first time (mentally or physically)... indecision

 


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Summit Elevation (ft): 
9,892
Elevation Gain (m): 
1200
Round Trip Time: 
7.50
Total Distance (km): 
26.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

Glacier route includes crevasse issues and steep snow slopes. Don't minimize these risks and learn how to manage them before attempting this trip.