Columbia Icefields
Jonas Campground AB-93, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
May 22, 2020, 8:00 AM
May 25, 2020, 5:30 PM
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Graduation Climb Friday-Monday, May 22-25 This is your Graduation Climb. Here is where you take what you have learned and put it to the test on Mt. Athabasca (11,453 feet / 3,442 meters / 5,400 ft of elevation gain). Weather and snow conditions permitting, our objective will be to get you out on the talus slope, through the rock band, across the glacier, up the headwall, along the knife edge, and maybe even standing on the summit. Views of the Canadian Rockies that will take your breath away, or wind that will do the same, may be found in every direction. Drive up on Friday, or earlier if you think it will take longer to adjust to altitude; camp is at 6,000 ft. There will be an acclimatization hike at 10am MDT on Saturday morning. You must check in with the directors no later than 2pm MDT on Saturday. If you do not check in you will not climb. Student meeting will be at 3pm MDT to assign rope teams. We will then get a few hours of sleep and get our alpine start very early Sunday. A Sunday afternoon/evening debriefing and potluck dinner will bring the climb to a close. Monday is reserved for a leisurely drive home and a possible stop at one of the many hot springs along the way. Please note the time change shortly after you enter Canada; everything from Moyie on, including the Columbia Icefields and local services, are on Mountain Time (1 hour ahead). Plan on park entrance and camping fees on this trip. All posted camping restrictions must be observed at all times.