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The Wedge

Difficulty: 
Moderate With A Difficult Section
Elevation [m]: 
2652
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
9.1
Ascent Time: 
3:50
Tripdate: 
Friday, June 29, 2012

After a disappointing finish to the Noseeum Peak trip the previous day headed down to Kananaskis to meet up with Ken for a scramble just off Hw 40 on The Wedge. The Wedge has a really good approach trail reached heading into the bush at a patch of gravelly ground just on the start of the path to the Wedge Pond (which is more of a lake than many things I have seen called 'lake' in other places in the province...). Once on the approach trail it is hard to get lost and elevation is gained quite quickly and great view of the valley below are quickly attained. It started raining when we got past the treeline which made the slabs of the 'proper route' seem like a sketchy choice so we wasted an hour or so trying to traverse over some snow onto what looked like more decent rocks. This ended up being a bad plan and as the rain got more intense we resolved to call it a day but when heading back over saw a cairn and headed over to take a look. As luck would have it right at the cairn the slabs were actually not bad at all, the sun came out and started to dry everything up and the rest of the trip was pretty excellent! Once on the ridge the crux described in Kane's book comes up pretty quickly and while it is exposed it has really solid rock with good holds. After the crux its only a short plod to the summit. We were cruising on the way down and had a summit to car time of 2:15 for the descent (having a well formed trail is nice once in a while).

 

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