Mt whymper

Located in Kootenay National Park, Mt Whymper is a fairly short ski ascent with some great views of Kootenay  and Banff National Parks. Also a great opportunity to see Chickadee Valley and part of the Chick-a-Boom Traverse! 

Distance

14.8 km

Elevation

1253 m

Time

6-9 hrs

Aspect

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Park at the Great Divide Parking Area. Head across the road and along the creek into Chickadee Valley. The route generally follows along the creek for about 4km, at which point the route veers slightly left into the trees. The trees will open up to an avalanche clearing off the bench. While gaining this bench and beyond, be aware of the steep east face of Whymper W1. Once on this bench, the remainder of the route will be clear. Head up the moraines to the next bench, then up the col. This is the steepest bit of the climb. From the top of the col, it’s a simple 160m bootpack to the summit. Descend the same way.

Along this route, there is also the X-Couloir. This is a steep and committing line. For more info on this objective check out Andrew Wexler’s post.

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