Mount Edith Traverse

Mount Edith is an outing that I have had on my radar for a while now. Many elements conspire to make this an enjoyable scramble. The mountain is close to Banff, is easily accessed via a popular hiking trail, and three summits, each with its own distinct features, can be reached in a single traverse from north to south. The weather threatened at times, but it only began pouring rain as I switched out my hiking boots for sandals in the parking lot!

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The route begins at the Fireside picnic area along highway 1A. Follow the signage to Cory Pass, then angle up right to get to the north summit
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Nearing Cory Pass after roughly two hours. Mount Cory is to the left
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The ever incredible Mount Louis comes in to view
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One must scramble up one of two south facing chimneys in order to make their way through a cliff band that protects the north summit. I chose the narrower, rightmost chimney
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The view looking back down the chimney
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The view of Mount Louis, Forty Mile Creek, and part of the Vermillion Range (right) from the north summit of Mount Edith
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Looking back at the north summit while en route to the centre summit
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Standing on the centre summit now, looking back at the north peak, and Mount Louis in the distance
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Mount Edith centre summit en route to its south summit
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The south summit is the most challenging scramble, with some delicate moves through a rock tunnel (seen here at a distance), and a heave up onto rocks behind a flake in the upper section
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Mount Rundle and the Bow River from the south summit
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Taking the time to admire Mount Cory again from the south summit of Mount Edith
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