Your Ascent Day
On our first day, you will Meet Your Guide Here at the Rockbound Lake Trailhead at ~ 0445hrs where we'll start with a brief round of introductions and a pre-departure briefing which will include the following:
- Review of any expected changes to weather or climbing conditions.
- Expected Hazards, risk management plan, and associated mitigations for the duration of the trip.
- Distribution and repacking of meal program and trip food for participants
- Distribution of any required technical equipment you require
- Presentation of physical Waiver of Liability Document & Signing.
The day begins by approaching as for Rockbound Lake. This trail is followed for approximately 45min. to a natural spring flowing across our approach trail with the towers now almost directly visible overhead. Leaving the Rockbound Lake trail we trend south along the climbers approach to arrive at the lower teir of the peak. This marks the beginning of the technical climbing.
Much of the first tier below the Goad Plateau is easily passed while short roping (4th class). A short walk over the goat plateau brings us to the base of the main tower. From here a number of options to start are possible. Our route will depend on our timing and progress and position in relation to other climbing teams.
The main tower can take 3-4 hours return from the Goat Plateau, consistently transitioning between 4th class and low end 5th class terrain (5.3). The summit is reached having ascended a little more than 1300m from the valley floor below.
Views to the west are breathtaking with Mount Temple and most of the Ten Peaks in full view. The Bow Valley unfolds to the east with Banff and Mount Rundle in the distance.
Reversing the route with a series of rappells, down climbing and short roping, our teams will commonly be arriving back at the trailhead between 1500-1600hrs, just in time for the dinner hour.