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East Ridge (Aug 2009)
East Ridge ascends right hand skyline
Length: 1 long day (available as 2 day ascent as well)
Season: Late June - Mid September
Maximum Number of People: 1 (2 if both have quite a bit of previous alpine climbing experience and are very fit)
Prerequisites: High level of fitness and some basic rock climbing experience. Must be able to follow
moderate rock climbing with boots and a pack on. Experience on a smaller route such as Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain
or multipitch rock climbing experience is recommended.
East Ridge (III 5.5) - Route Description
This is the best alpine climb in the Jasper area. Edith Cavell is one of the best recognized peaks in the Rockies and
has long been a draw for tourists and climbers alike. The East Ridge climb starts with a short approach and snow slope to
gain the ridge. The lower part of the ridge consists mostly of scrambling until the plateau is reached half way up the mountain.
The upper ridge offers excellent rock climbing and ridge travel to the top of this majestic peak. Depending upon conditions,
descent will be made either back down the route, or down the West face.
East ridge climbs the left hand skyline
Other Routes on Mt. Edith Cavell
North Face(IV 5.7)
This excellent north face route is only available to return guests who have proved their ability to move quickly on
difficult alpine terrain. It is a serious undertaking that is often only in condition late in the summer.
Group gear such as ropes and carabiners will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. The personal
gear listed below is mandatory. Please inform us well in advance if you need to borrow any of these items.
Items that are not available for loan must be rented or purchased. Rental and purchase information can
be found here.
- Small Pack (about 30 litres) - available for loan
- Mountaineering Boots
- Crampons - available for loan
- Mountaineering Axe - available for loan
- Harness - available for loan
- Helmet - available for loan
- Rain Jacket (breathable prefered)
- Rain Pants (breathable prefered)
- Water Bottles (2 litres)
- Big Lunch + Snacks