Wedge, The


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Friday, October 3, 2003
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,652
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,701
Elevation Gain (m): 
1035
Total Distance (km): 
8.00
Difficulty Notes: 

A fall on the crux would severely injure or kill so take necessary precautions.

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Trip Report

What a beautiful day!! I scrambled all year to enjoy a day like this! Due to a lingering cold for the past 2 weeks the climb was tough. I had to stop every 10 or 15 steps to let my knees 'thaw' so that I could keep climbing. I haven't felt this out of shape since the beginning of the year.

 

I highly recommend this scramble. I agree with Dave Stephens that the summit ridge is barely enough to be classified as difficult - although a slip here would likely not hurt much (Mainly because you'd be dead). Compared to Lady MacDonald or Pocaterra I thought the crux was very short and if dry very easy. I wouldn't want to do it on ice though! I didn't get any good pics of the climb or the crux because I only had 9 photos left and I was concentrating so hard on getting to the top I didn't remember to take shots on the way up. For more photos of the route and the crux see So's site.

 

I started out nice and early and got to Wedge Pond at around 8 am. There were a few fly-fisherman on the water and the mist was rising as I made my way into the brightly colored forest and started up a drainage east of the pond. About an hour later I was on the ridge and heading for the base of the Wedge. Every step was a major chore but I pressed on.

 

An hour later and I was already high up on the steep slab/scree slope to the first summit. I popped out on the first summit and thought my knees would give out completely! Ignoring my weakness I headed across the ridge, only pausing briefly to contemplate the crux. 10 minutes later I stood on the main summit and began to drink in the wonderful views and the warm sunshine. I actually fell asleep for a while and it was almost two hours before I headed back down. All-in-all it was a very nice scramble - any scramble would've been nice in that weather though. Going down wasn't a problem except for the small rock fall that I started! Good thing no-one was coming up. I had the entire mountain to myself and enjoyed that most of all.

 

 
[Looking north up the Kananaskis Valley over Kananaskis Village. Lorette, Mary Barclay's and Baldy clearly visible.]

 
[Looking across hwy 40 at Kidd South (L), Bogart, Kidd and Kidd Lookout which I've labeled Kidd north. Wedge Pond - my starting point - visible at lower right.]


[Mount McDougall]

 
[Fisher Peak, which I would climb years later.]

 
[Vern on the summit of The Wedge with James Walker, Inflexible and Lawson on the right in the distance.]

 
[Fortress, Gusty, Galatea, The Tower, Engadine and South Kidd (L to R) with Spoon Needle in the foreground.]


[Looking back along the summit ridge to the false summit. Ascent slope going down to the right and the Kidd Massif in the background.]

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