Rainy Ridge (Rainy Traverse)

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

Named in 1958 for apparently "unknown" reasons, but I think it's pretty freaking obvious. It was raining when they named it!! How creative is that? 

Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
High
YDS Class: 
3rd Class
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A day after ascending close to 1800 vertical meters and biking / hiking and scrambling almost 30km up and down Mount Coulthard and McLaren in the Crowsnest Pass area, I was back at it with Phil Richards. We were planning a very full day of biking, hiking and peak bagging in the South Rockies within the newly formed Castle Wildland Provincial Park, near the Castle Mountain Ski Resort and just outside the other newly formed park, Castle Provincial Park. Our original plan was to spend a few days in the Middlepass Lakes area but with a deteriorating weather forecast for the Thursday, we decided to make it a long day trip instead and travel with lighter packs.

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,454
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,050
Elevation Gain (m): 
2200
Round Trip Time: 
12.00
Total Distance (km): 
33.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

Despite appearances, the ascent from the Middlepass Lakes to Rainy Ridge is fairly straightforward and easy when dry. A slip on some of the exposed spots would not be a great idea.