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Trip Report
Trip Date:
20-Aug-2019
Activity:
Scramble
Trip name:
The Wedge 314345 Max6-8
Coordinator:
David
Report:

Finally a warm day with no wind so we could relax on the summit and "argue" about which other peaks we could see.

We set off from Wedge Pond parking at 8.15am. It was +6c. We soon warmed up as the now well-formed trail went sharply up into the trees following a stream. The trail continued above treeline to the base of the north ridge. Although there was evidence that others had ascended straight up the ridge, we chose to continue into the northeast face/bowl. We then turned upwards on talus but interspersed with cracks and minor ramps and ledges. We followed these upwards.

While Sebastiaan and David followed these trending slightly climber's right, Sim ascended more to climber's left which was the natural trend of the ledges. Nearing the top, Sim announced that she was on a trail that led to the top (true south summit). So Sebastiaan and I followed her and by 11.30am we were all enjoying our lunches and views on the south summit.




David nears the summit of the Wedge




Sebastiaan and Sim enjoy lunch on the summit of the Wedge




Sebastiaan, Sim, and David pose on the summit of the Wedge

Somehow we had skipped the exposed ridge connecting the two summits. But we were soon joined by a young couple who had come via the Kane route up the ridge to the north summit and then along to the south summit where we sat. Great views including Fortress, Kidd north, Kananaskis golf course etc. We started back down about 12.30pm.

On descent, we stopped for several breaks and clothing adjustment as it felt hot.




Sim and Sebastiaan near halfway point of the Wedge access ridge




Sebastiaan and David(Elton) near halfway point on the Wedge access ridge

Back at the cars by 3.00pm giving 6:45hrs for 1100m over 8km. It was +25c on the car's thermometer. Thanks to Sim for finding a good ascent (and descent) route, Sebastiaan for photos and patience from C&S David