Scramble The Rockies!

Jump to the scrambles

Here you will hopefully find pictures and trip reports for the few scrambles I find the time to do each season. Click on the name of the mountain for pictures and a route description, along with whatever other details I can remember from the trip.

What Is Scrambling?

Scrambling is basically steep hiking where you have to (or at least should) use your hands to help you stay on the mountain. Taken to its extreme, scrambling is rock climbing without a rope. This can be a dangerous sport! People have died doing it!

You need to be able to think critically about the best route through the terrain ahead of you. A wrong choice could be at best inconvenient or at worst fatal!

Scrambling usually entails taking a more direct route up a mountain than the "tourist" paths with all the switchbacks, handrails, and "you are here" signs. Often there is no sign of anyone ever having been there before you (though unless you're on a peak that's hard to reach, or just horribly off-route this is actually quite unlikely!).

A Little About Me

My name is Jason, and I'm a computer geek in Calgary (but obviously not a web designer).

I started scrambling in 2004 when a good friend, Mark, talked me into it. Thankfully, he started me off slow. We did only two scrambles that year (at least I did, I suspect he did many more than that!) -- Ha-Ling and Grotto. I confess that Grotto almost killed me. I was completely out of shape, and the 1400+ meter ascent was almost my undoing. At that time, I vowed to do something about my woeful physical condition.

How I Got (and try to stay) Somewhat Fit

Of course the best way to stay fit is to get out there and be active. It's amazing how many calories you can burn by walking straight up a mountain for 4-5 hours. After a day like that you can eat pretty much anything you want, but ironically if you work hard enough you'll lose most of your appetite. You know this has happened to you when you take a chocolate bar out of your pack and you take a few bites and put it back thinking "blech".

You can't climb mountains every day, though. Not if you have to work for a living (and aren't a mountain guide, of course!).

I used to work in an office building downtown, where I would spend my lunch hours most days of the week climbing the 382 stairs in my building while listening to death metal on my iPod. At my peak fitness level I was able to consistently climb 2500 vertical feet in an hour, just over 10 times up the building (8 times up if I ran down the stairs rather than take the elevator, but that was getting hard on my knees!).

These days I'm stuck in a 2-story building in the city's south-east. I could run up and down the single set of stairs 200 times, but that would only serve to confirm my insanity among my co-workers. Instead, I now attempt to break my eliptical rider every morning before going to work. Because I already get up too early, I had to squeeze my workouts into about 30 mins. This includes warm-up, exercise, cool-down, stretching and cleanup of the equipment. So I really only get 20 minutes of exercise. To maximize the cardio benefit I do three different kinds of workout on alternating days. I have to confess I stole these ideas from my wife, but cranked up the insanity a bit to simulate my old stair-climbing days.

I mostly do a Tabata-style workout for as many minutes as I think I can spare (or continue breathing). Slightly less often I do a "step up" program where I go for a minute at resistance level x, then a minute at x+1, and another minute at x+2, and if I'm still not feeling the burn (or I'm short on time), a minute at x+3. Repeat until my time is up or I feel like I'm about to die. On very rare occasions I will do a traditional cardio workout where I trundle along at the same speed for a long time. In my opinion this kind of exercise is ideal for people who have a lot of spare time and don't really want to get a great workout.

The trick is to continually push yourself to the edge of your ability. Do this and your fitness will continue to improve.

Statistics

The numbers above may differ from the grid below -- it is the total elevation of the scrambles I've gotten around to entering data for (which I'm proving to be quite bad at doing, as you can see from the void between the ## trips and the actual number in the grid below!)

The Scrambles

165 Aug 15, 2016 Scramble Yak Peak
164 Aug 1, 2016 Scramble Mounts Whyte and Niblock
163 July 24, 2016 Scramble Eiffel Peak
162 July 1, 2016 Scramble Mount Edith
161 May 6, 2016 Scramble Wasootch Peak
160 October 18, 2015 Scramble Mount Romulus
159 October 7, 2015 Scramble Mount Remus
158 September 23, 2015 Scramble Yukness Mountain and Lake O'Hara Area
157 September 20, 2015 Scramble Commonwealth Peak
156 September 12, 2015 Scramble Mount Burstall
155 August 9, 2015 Scramble Mount Shark
154 August 3, 2015 Scramble Mount Nestor
153 August 2, 2015 Hike Burstall Pass
152 July 30, 2015 Scramble The Tower
151 July 24, 2015 Scramble The Tower (incomplete)
150 July 19, 2015 Hike Frozen Lake
149 July 1, 2015 Scramble Gap Peak to Mount Fable Traverse
148 June 22, 2015 Scramble Mounts Cegnfs and Murray
147 June 9, 2015 Scramble Mount Charles Stewart (South)
146 May 21, 2015 Hike Eaton Lake (Skagit Valley, BC)
145 May 18, 2015 Hike Mount Lincoln ("Linky") (Yale, BC)
144 May 10, 2015 Scramble EEOR
143 April 9, 2015 Hike Calico Tanks (Red Rock Canyon, NV)
142 April 8, 2015 Hike Icebox Canyon (Red Rock Canyon, NV)
141 August 4, 2014 Scramble Mount Buller
140 July 1, 2014 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
139 March 2, 2014 Hike Sulphur Mountain (Cosmic Ray Road)
138 September 14, 2013 Hike Mist Mountain (hiking route)
137 September 11, 2013 Scramble Mount Inglismaldie
136 August 4, 2013 Scramble Mount Rundle
135 July 7, 2013 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
134 September 30, 2012 Scramble Ship's Prow (the actual prow!)
133 September 23, 2012 Scramble Mount Kidd
132 September 15, 2012 Scramble Tent Ridge
131 September 8, 2012 Scramble Protection Mountain
130 September 2, 2012 Scramble Mount McGillivray
129 August 5, 2012 Scramble Helena/Stuart Knob/TV Peak Trifecta
128 July 15, 2012 Scramble Meadow and Peak Below The Wedge
127 May 12, 2012 Scramble Back Way Up Moose Mountain
126 September 5, 2011 Scramble The Wedge
125 July 31, 2011 Scramble Castle Mountain
124 July 24, 2011 Scramble Mount Baldy Trifecta
123 July 3, 2011 Hike Wind Ridge (attempt)
122 May 21, 2011 Scramble Ha Ling Peak
121 November 7, 2010 Scramble Squaw's Tit (attempt)
120 October 30, 2010 Hike Pigeon Mountain
119 October 10, 2010 Scramble Cascade Mountain
118 October 3, 2010 Scramble Gap Peak
117 September 25, 2010 Scramble Gap Peak (attempt)
116 September 18, 2010 Hike Sentinel Pass and Giant Steps
115 September 11, 2010 Hike Mount Allan (from Ribbon Creek)
114 August 21, 2010 Scramble Mount Temple
113 August 8, 2010 Scramble Mount Sparrowhawk
112 July 17, 2010 Scramble Heart Mountain + Unnamed Peak (finally!)
111 July 16, 2010 Hike Exshaw Pass
110 July 11, 2010 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
109 July 3, 2010 Hike Exshaw Mountain Loop (Again)
108 May 22, 2010 Hike Exshaw Mountain Loop
107 March 20, 2010 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe
106 February 27, 2010 Ski Touring Boulder Pass
105 February 15, 2010 Ski Touring Further Toward Robertson Glacier
104 February 14, 2010 Snowshoe Toward Robertson Glacier
103 November 8, 2009 Scramble Mount Fairview
102 October 25, 2009 Scramble The Fortress
101 October 18, 2009 Hike Rummel Lake
100 October 10, 2009 Hike Top Of The World
99 September 26, 2009 Scramble Goat Traverse
98 September 20, 2009 Scramble Lawrence Grassi
97 September 9, 2009 Hike Natural Bridges and Monument Valley
96 September 8, 2009 Hike Delicate Arch
95 September 8, 2009 Hike Goblin Valley
94 September 7, 2009 Hike Frying Pan
93 September 6, 2009 Hike Navajo Knobs
92 September 5, 2009 Hike Upper Muley Twist
91 August 30, 2009 Hike Centennial Trail
90 July 25, 2009 Alpine Mount Fafnir (incomplete)
89 July 24, 2009 Scramble Typee Mountain
88 July 23, 2009 Alpine Proteus Mountain
87 July 21, 2009 Alpine Mount Moby Dick
86 July 20, 2009 Alpine Mount Billy Budd
85 July 6, 2009 Alpine Mount Athabasca
84 July 3, 2009 Scramble Grotto Mountain Traverse (North to South)
83 May 30, 2009 Scramble Heart Mountain to Unnamed Peak (incomplete)
82 May 23, 2009 Scramble East End Of Rundle
81 May 16, 2009 Scramble Midnight Peak
80 May 9, 2009 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
79 May 3, 2009 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe
78 April 11, 2009 Ski Touring Rummel Lake
77 March 14, 2009 Ice Climbing Valley Of The Birds (Incomplete)
76 January 3, 2009 Ice Climbing King Creek
75 November 14, 2008 Scramble Mount Sparrowhawk (Incomplete)
74 November 11, 2008 Scramble Middle Sister
73 November 6, 2008 Scramble Lawrence Grassi (Incomplete)
72 October 3-6, 2008 Backpacking Pulsatilla Pass
71 September 28, 2008 Scramble Grizzly Peak
70 September 25, 2008 Scramble Mount Lawson
69 September 20, 2008 Scramble Mount Lady MacDonald
68 September 18, 2008 Scramble Mount Cory
67 September 13, 2008 Scramble Mount Kidd South Peak
66 August 24, 2008 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe In Reverse
65 August 16, 2008 Alpine French-Haig-Robertson Traverse on Foot
64 August 10, 2008 Scramble Mount Rae
63 August 4, 2008 Scramble East End Of Rundle
62 July 31, 2008 Scramble East Wendell
61 July 27, 2008 Scramble Ha-Ling Peak
60 July 12, 2008 Alpine Mount Aberdeen
59 July 10, 2008 Scramble Wasootch Peak
58 July 1, 2008 Scramble Pigeon Mountain
57 June 26, 2008 Scramble Squaw's Tit
56 June 19, 2008 Scramble Doorjamb, Loder, and Goat Peaks
55 June 1, 2008 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
54 May 29, 2008 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe
53 May 19, 2008 Scramble Mount Baldy
52 May 17, 2008 Showshoe Chester Lake
51 May 10, 2008 Snowshoe Elk Pass (no photos)
50 March 29, 2008 Ice Climb This House Of Sky
49 October 14, 2007 Scramble Mount Bourgeau
48 October 8, 2007 Hike Green Angel
47 September 3, 2007 Scramble Gusty Peak
46 September 3, 2007 Scramble The Fortress
45 September 2, 2007 Scramble Gap Mountain
44 August 25, 2007 Scramble Mount Chester
43 July 21, 2007 Scramble Rimwall Summit
42 July 18, 2007 Scramble East End Of Rundle
41 July 17, 2007 Scramble Mount Rae
40 July 2, 2007 Scramble The Wedge
39 July 1, 2007 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
38 May 12, 2007 Scramble Heart Mountain to Unnamed Peak
37 ?????????? Hike Cascade Amphitheatre
36 April 21, 2007 Cave Rat's Nest Cave
35 April 14, 2007 Snowshoe French Creek
34 October 14, 2006 Hike Buller, Guinn, and Galatea Passes
33 October 9, 2006 Hike Wind Valley
32 October 7, 2006 Hike The Wind Tower
31 September 30, 2006 Hike Cory Pass Loop
30 September 10, 2006 Scramble Big Sister
29 September 7, 2006 Scramble Gap Peak
28 September 4, 2006 Hike Wedge Pond Loop
27 September 3, 2006 Scramble Cascade Mountain
26 August 26, 2006 Scramble The Wedge
25 August 7, 2006 Scramble Mount Rae
24 August 6, 2006 Hike Grassi Lakes
23 August 2, 2006 Scramble Grotto Triangle
22 July 29, 2006 Hike Bottom of Aberdeen
21 July 26, 2006 Scramble Middle Sister
20 July 16, 2006 Scramble Mount Chester
19 July 12, 2006 Scramble Baldy Traverse
18 July 8, 2006 Scramble Indefatigable Traverse
17 July 3, 2006 Hike Tunnel Mountain
16 July 2, 2006 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe
15 June 25, 2006 Scramble East End Of Rundle (EEOR)
14 June 24, 2006 Scramble Ha-Ling
13 October 8, 2005 Scramble Grizzly Peak
12 September 17, 2005 Scramble Mount Yamnuska
11 September 11, 2005 Alpine Boundary Peak (Snow and Ice Long Weekend)
10 September 5, 2005 Scramble Mount Rundle
9 August 1, 2005 Hike The Inkpots
8 July 2, 2005 Scramble Heart Mountain Horseshoe
7 July 1, 2005 Scramble Lawrence Grassi Variation 2
6 May 28, 2005 Scramble Lawrence Grassi Variation 1
5 October 11, 2004 Hike Mount Yamnuska First Notch
4 October 9, 2004 Hike Fortress-Chester Col
3 September 25, 2004 Scramble Grotto Mountain
2 September 6, 2004 Scramble Ha-Ling
1 August 2, 2004 Hike Elbow Falls

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