McConnell, Mount


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018
Summit Elevation (m): 
3,109
Summit Elevation (ft): 
10,201
Elevation Gain (m): 
2800
Round Trip Time: 
36.00
Total Distance (km): 
85.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

The difficulty on Mount McConnell is not its technical challenge but the fact that it is one of Banff National Park's most remote peaks to access on foot.

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Trip Report
Mount McConnell is one of those peaks that got onto my mountain list somehow and just stayed hovering somewhere near the top of it but never seemed to actually get done as the scrambling seasons came and went. Why was it on my list? As one of the most remote and hard to access peaks in Banff National Park with a summit over 10,200 feet high, it is rarely done (ours was only the 5th recorded ascent) and gets the explor8ion juices flowing. Why does it not get done, even though it's on many Rockies explorers "to-do" lists? Simple - see above. McConnell is freaking remote and freaking hard to approach! It's not a sexy remote 11000er either, like Recondite, and nobody outside of Rockies peak baggers even know of it! It certainly isn't visible from anywhere but other remote peaks that nobody outside of a few peak baggers know about, including Cataract Peak and Mount Drummond and even more rarely ascended peaks along the McConnell Creek and Roaring Creek valleys, both of which originate under the east face of Cataract and north of Mount McConnell.

 


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