Pyriform Mountain

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

For some reason the listed height of Pyriform Mountain is wrong on Peakfinder. Bivouac correctly lists it as being over 9100 feet. The incorrect height indicated on my Gaia base map led to a vast underestimation of total height gain and has led others to underestimate it too.

 

The mountain was named in 1922 after the scientific term pyriform, which means "pear-shaped". When seen from the Stampede Ranch the "pear-shaped" profile is most prominent (from Bivouac.com).

Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
High
YDS Class: 
Hiking
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wietse and I found ourselves with a day off mid-week on August 22, 2018 and decided we should probably take advantage of the perfect weather forecast by standing on a summit somewhere. The real question was which summit should get the nod? The issue wasn't conditions - everything was pretty much in great condition - the issue was the levels of smoke we'd encounter and the corresponding lack of views or breathing issues we'd have to deal with. After going around in circles several times, we finally settled on an ascent of Pyriform Mountain in the Highwood Range of the Rockies in front range Kananaskis Country.

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,789
Summit Elevation (ft): 
9,150
Elevation Gain (m): 
1300
Round Trip Time: 
11.50
Total Distance (km): 
30.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

Our ascent line was via west scree slopes. If following the connecting ridge from or to Junction Mountain (which we did) it is up to Class 4 with loose terrain and routefinding challenges.