Please make your way to Canmore, where we will meet in our office at 2pm for pre-trip planning. We will be looking at our objective in detail and be planning food, equipment needs, navigation and time plans and doing hazard evaluations for the following day. We will also cover emergency procedures and ensure everyone is properly outfitted for the trip. The evening is free to relax and mentally prepare for the adventure ahead! Overnight centrally-located hotel in Canmore.
The expedition starts! We will drive the 2.5 hours to Saskatchewan Crossing where we will begin our approach to Mt Forbes via Glacier Lake. The trail past Glacier Lake is around 15 km and has only minor elevation gain. This will be a long day with full packs on our backs.
Expect another big day into a very remote part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This will be one of the most challenging days of the trip with a 10km hike and 900m of elevation gain. This remote area will require off trail route finding and navigation as well as some cold creek crossings. Our campsite will position us for our attempt on Mt Forbes.
With an alpine start, we will approach the West Ridge of Mt Forbes. The route will involve steep snow climbing of up to 40 degrees and occasional steps of easy rock scrambling. This will be done with the use of an ice axe and crampons. Reaching this rarely visited summit and enjoying the endless views in all directions will be a great reward. Return to camp for overnight.
We will retrace our steps to the head of Glacier Lake. Back packs will be lighter for our return trip to this established campground.
A short day of hiking will return us to Saskatchewan Crossing and our vehicle. We will drive back to Canmore for the trip close and debrief. Dinner and accommodation is not included tonight, but we are happy to assist with your onward arrangements.