Aptly named, the scramble up Observation Peak gives a bird’s eye view of turquoise Peyto Lake and Bow Lake at the base of glaciated giants on the continental divide. A short approach (if dry), interesting scrambling, and fantastic scree skiing make for an outstanding scramble. [5] Nigel Peak is situated immediately north of Sunwapta Pass and can be seen from the Icefields Parkway and from Athabasca Glacier. The definitive challenge of non-technical "scrambles" in the northern Canadian Rockies based closely on Alan Kane's 2nd edition of the seminal "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies". Fine trail with exceptional sights in all directions. The only downside being the logistics of getting to the Columbia Icefields. Nigel Peak: 4-8h: 1200m: 3200m: Some of the best views in the Rockies. Posts: 335 Nigel Peak & Tangle Ridge. An outstanding summit view conspired to keep me there for almost an hour, attempting to identify as many peaks as possible. The ascent to the first ridge was awful up and … We were lucky and got firm scree up the initial slope, it really … 88 . The nearest higher peak is Mount Athabasca, 6.4 km (4.0 mi) to the south-southwest. [8] Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C. Nigel looks like a challenging SC6 and also had a lot of snow. down. Nigel Peak is situated immediately north of Sunwapta Pass and can be seen from the Icefields Parkway and from Athabasca Glacier. This is a cross between a hike (first half) and an easy scramble up scree slopes (second half). Looking north from Wilcox Pass. It felt more challenging then our initial ascent in 93', maybe due to the icy and slippery character of the snowfield. She was dehydrated from yesterday's hike. The snow was too steep to descend so Damian and David ascending north ridge of Nigel peak. Watch Queue Queue The … For those who don’t fancy a trip to the summit, climb to the base of the boulders on Bow … The mountain was named by the mountaineers during an 1898 sheep hunt with Nigel. This is an unnamed ridge to the northeast of Nigel Peak. However, due to Covid, even those campsites are very limited and many folks are eager beavers staycationing, so we may find them completely full - in which case, we will return to the city and fall back to PLAN B. Those who get to the top will have an incredible panorama as well as the opportunity to write their name in the summit book. The group retraces their steps partway across the snow slope on the south side of Nigel Peak. [6] Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[7]. Nigel Peak is a 3,211-metre (10,535-foot) mountain summit located on the shared border of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Scree/Rubble Slope: Going up to the outlier, our ascent slope was more of endless rubble slope and descent route (Kane’s) route was more of endless scree slope. Sunwapta Peak: 7-11h: 1735m: 3315m The summit is shrouded by thin cloud. After she drank some water, and after we took some weight off from her pack, she soon resumed her speed. A peak’s prominence, also known as topographic prominence or relative height, is a measure of how distinct a peak is from other peaks. The upper mountain is more challenging. In Scrambles of the Canadian Rockies, Alan Kane gives Mount Wilcox the enticing endorsement of offering “possibly the best view in the entire Rockies for the energy expended.” From Mount Wilcox, one can see Mount Athabasca, Mount Andromeda, Mount Kitchener, Nigel Peak, and the ever-famous Athabasca Glacier. From the Tangle Falls parking area, cross the Icefields Parkway and look for the trail to Wilcox … Following the trail through the rockband. After a stiff climb to this point, the summit is seen on the right. Scramble: RT 6.5. Observation Peak Scramble Map Do you love Road Biking? Although Mount Wilcox is a modest peak in terms of elevation compared to many of the peaks that surround it, its location and summit views make it a true gem of a scramble. Mount Wilcox After scrambling up Nigel Peak we headed for Mount Wilcox. NTS Map 83C/6 (Sunwapta Peak) Elevation gain: 1150m Trailhead: 1850m Summit: 3001m Distance is for a linear return trip. Mount Andromeda in the background. The hike across the Wilcox Pass meadows was extremely pleasant with the fall colors in full force and the spectacular views towards the Columbia Icefields combined with a very warm, windless day. The Story of the Mountains in Banff National Park, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Alberta–British Columbia foothills forests, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nigel_Peak&oldid=983277783, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1919 by Interprovincial Boundary Commission, This page was last edited on 13 October 2020, at 09:34. we This was a fairly tough hike mostly because of the route to get on the ridge. Descending from the summit. The nearest higher peak is Mount Athabasca, 6.4 km (4.0 mi) to the south-southwest. Most of the folks describe it as a true slog, especially the upper mountain, 1000 m of scree. The register was blown in half and the booklet was burnt. Tweet LinkBack: Thread Tools: post #1 of Old 09-28-2009, 09:38 AM Thread Starter. From the pass you can ascend a small peak to the North East. Nigel Peak is great scramble with Caroline, Dinah and I started from the Icefields Campsite. Pursuers . While we're there anyway I go up Mount Wilcox. beautiful alpine views along the way. Mount Stephen. In the past I have walked up it many times with my kids but never done much photography up there. Mount Athabasca fills the background. In fine weather, the scramble is still a noteworthy undertaking, with no defined path. Mount Wilcox, Tangle Ridge and Nigel Peak (mouse over for a close-up of Nigel) Big Bend Peak fills the foreground . Observation Peak is a stunning scramble on the Icefields Parkway. Follow the ridge looking for the pinnacle West of the mountain, from there it is just an easy walk to the summit. You'll find a small parking lot near the turnoff with washrooms and a signed trailhead for Wilcox Pass, which will bring you most of the way to the base of Nigel Peak. Mount Kitchener and Snow Dome from the Wilcox trail on the way to the peak. scrambled Nigel Peak : elevation: 3,211 m. height gain: 1,175 m. area: Icefields Parkway,AB: map 83 C/3 : 2006-Aug-17: Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies: Long scree slope at the start. Adeem topping out in an amazing bunch of scenery! Prominence is a popular metric for peaks for two reasons: 1) it’s objective and relatively easy to calculate, and 2) higher prominence peaks are more … Interestingly, Nigel Pass is just to the right of the ridge. We camped at Wilcox campground. On the way up follow a band of bigger rocks to avoid the treadmill scree. Helena Ridge is an easy scramble on the inside of Castle Mountain. ClubTread Community > Trip Reports > Canadian Rockies > Nigel Peak & Tangle Ridge User Tag List: Reply. Nigel Peak From Sherbrook lake the trail leads to the meadows and up a small hill North of this bowl. 9, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. Nearing the summit, on the right. In the past I have walked up it many times with my kids but never done much photography up there. Some downs and ups followed, but the true summit was still only a straightforward steep hike/easy scramble away. Almost at the summit. 3315m Icefield Parkway (North), AB Although merely an off-trail hike, Sunwapta Peak is the 2nd highest in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. One last look at Wilcox Peak. It’s defined as the vertical distance between a peak and the lowest contour line surrounding that peak and no higher peak. Athabasca and Andromeda. Nigel Peak (Tues 22 Sept 2009) & Tangle Ridge (Wed 23 Sept 2009) I am a little late posting this TR. Nigel Peak was especially awesome! This is looking west to Mount Wooley (3405 metres) and Diadem Peak (3371 metres). The Cloud or Bosley Cloud is described by Wikipedia as a prominent hill which lies on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire a couple of miles to the west of the Peak district national park boundary. 1175 metres of elevation gain. [3] The mountain was officially named Nigel Peak in 1935. I took the book down since there was nothing protecting it anymore. Nigel Peak. Next day after Mount Athabasca, we decided to go for Nigel Peak. This challenge includes only peaks in the northern areas of the … The next morning we started up. Location: , , . Nigel has two peaks, the north summit is the highest point. . The views from Nigel Peak are some of the best in the Rockies. Finishers . The summit was a mushroom-style peak, very unique! Nigel Peak has three distinct parts - a slab and scree scramble, a ridge and a summit portion with a minor glacier (technically more of a permanent snowfield). To be honest I didn't like this mountain. The hill was shaped in the ice age by the passage of ice. Nigel Peak is great scramble with The pointy peak in the distance at centre is Sunwapta Peak. We were lucky and got firm scree up the initial slope, it really wasn't that bad. We followed the second ridge to the summit. Nigel Peak: 4-8h: 1200m: 3200m: Some of the best views in the Rockies. As the second highest peak it offers great views and easy way finding. Taking it all in! Mount Wilco… We camped at Wilcox campground. At long last the repeater tower. Sunwapta Peak to the north, a long scramble. scrambled The United Kingdom’s National Health Service is in rough shape. But we encountered no difficulties in following Kane's route. Peaks . We spotted some massive mountain sheep along the way. . The view-to-effort ratio is high and I’d for sure recommend it to anybody comfortable on “moderate” terrain. Pitch Perfect Riff-Off with Anna Kendrick & The Filharmonics - Duration: 9:35. Dinah climbs over a rock … Views to the east. Jasper National Park. Not much chance of getting off route here. A wealth of peaks stretches to the southeast horizon in this view from the summit. Precipitation runoff from Nigel Peak drains south into the North Saskatchewan River, and north into the Sunwapta River which is a tributary of the Athabasca River. But we encountered no difficulties in following Kane's route. The Kane route was obvious from below, but as it appeared to involve a ton of scrambling on waterworn slab we instead chose to ascend a slope of mostly rubble a bit further south. down. Short approach, interesting scramble, and phenomenal scree skiing.. Exciting views on the Wapta and Waputik icefield. Nigel Peak. Most of the entries are unreadable thanks to the fire. The snow was too steep to descend so Observation Peak. Observation Peak: 5-9h: 1100m: 3175m: Nice views like all peaks in the Icefields, but slightly longer than other mountains with less interesting scrambling. There is a boulder field that you need to scramble through which is well cairned. This video is unavailable. Headed for the Mountains . October 05, 2012 / minute read (words) Although a sub-peak to nearby Nigel Peak, “Nigel Peak South” is a substantial mountain in its own right and offers both unique and exceptional views of the Icefields region, the Brazeau River Valley, and the many noteworthy peaks to … The Late Late Show with James Corden Recommended for you The scramble is over large boulders, and can be very tricky and dangerous in wet weather. The next morning we started on the grassy slopes really early, there was frost everywhere and it was crisp. Short approach, interesting scramble, and phenomenal scree skiing.. … Take care and go slow. Most peaks are accessible in day trips from the Calgary/Banff area. 260 . Matt had invited me to join him on this peak during his camping trip. Nigel Peak. It offers excellent views of neighbouring Mount Athabasca, Mount Andromeda, Smaller Boundary peak, and A2, Snow Dome, and Mount Kitchener among others.Most approach from the southwest side via the north ridge. Nigel Peak and Wilcox Pass from the summit of Mt Wilcox. Saturday 22nd Aug 2009: Mt Sarbach: Only John and David ascended this peak as a non-club trip after an early 5.45am start. Notice you can't see the initial slope above tree line. … Sam glissades the snow slope. It was convenient since we camped there, although it added distance from the usual start at Wilcox campground. The second entry is 1987 and I can read that Liam Harrap was on the summit in 2003 but that’s about … You can find a trail from side of a storage near “→32-39 ↑40-46” campground sign (at waypoint “Trailhead”). Ascent of Nigel Peak on 2012-07-22 Climber: Brandon Boulier. Closer view of Mt Columbia and North Twin above the Kitchener and Stutfield glaciers. Mount Wilcox is a moderate scramble … 2 . Observation Peak: 5-9h: 1100m: 3175m: Nice views like all peaks in the Icefields, but slightly longer than other mountains with less interesting scrambling. We parked in the Bow Lake parking lot – already nearly full at 8:30 am – and began quickly hiking along the lakeshore trail. An easy ridgewalk that extends to a moderate scramble with an evil, overhanging notch that denies access to the last few metres. Wietse hikes down some rubble while Kelly slides down the adjoining snow slope. I only found one TR for Nigel Peak so I . Slippery bit on the way to the summit. we Sunwapta Peak: 7-11h: 1735m: 3315m Scramble: RT 6.5. Jasper National Park, Alberta Nigel Peak is left, Mt Wilcox is right, both moderate scrambles. jeffs78. Nigel Peak is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. Nigel Vavasour was a packer who accompanied J. Norman Collie and Hugh Stutfield to the Columbia Icefield area in 1897. Looking back along the ridge. Home»Scrambles» Nigel Peak - July 28, 2018. Panorama of Wilcox Pass again. Rod and I pick a perfect day to scramble up Nigel Peak. I found a lightening blasted summit register buried deep in the cairn. Thank you for your patience while we retrieve your images. Like other mountains in Banff Park, Nigel Peak is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. After spending a while on the summit we retraced on steps, except to come down on fast scree below the first ridge. Views along the trail were as spectacular as always and before long we came across a side trail heading in the general direction of the route up Nigel Peak. The views of surrounding peaks will not disappoint, even if going only as high as the treeline. Caroline, Dinah and I started from the Icefields Campsite. bobspirko.ca  |  Home  |  Canada Trips  |  US Trips  |  Hiking  |  Snowshoeing  |  MAP  |  ABOUT, Nigel Peak An ascent of Nigel Peak begins at the Wilcox Campground a few kilometres to the south of the Icefields Centre on Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway). The rest was quite nice, we … Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 3,622 ft Route type Out & Back The next morning we started on the grassy slopes really early, there was frost everywhere and it was crisp. After starting, Dinah was having trouble, moving slowly. Based on the Köppen climate classification, Nigel Peak is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. 13 hours return. From the top were were able to scout the next day's destination (Sunwapta Peak) as well as Thursday's planned peak (Nigel Peak). Mount Aylmer . The rest of the return down the scenic Wilcox Pass trail was uneventful and overall this was a great short scramble. Its nearest higher peak is Nigel Peak, 3.35 km (2.08 mi) to the northeast. We chose Jimmy Junior, a small peak rising between Mount Jimmy Simpson and scenic Bow Lake. [2] The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1919 by the Interprovincial Boundary Commission. Join Date: Jan 2009. Even the Guardian, Britain’s foremost left-leaning newspaper and editorial defender of the NHS, has admitted as much:> This week it emerged that the NHS is facing the most intense strain on its resources in decades. ***PLAN A*** @Front Country Camping, must bring camping gear, and food for 3 days Saturday, September 5: Mt Wilcox (Hike/Scramble) Sunday, September 6: Tangle Ridge (Hike) … The hill was shaped in the ice age by the passage of ice. Nigel Peak is a 3,211-metre (10,535-foot) mountain summit located on the shared border of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. David and Damian on summit Nigel peak. Nigel has two peaks, the north summit is the highest point. Use my descent route (red line) for better route. Share this: Twitter; Facebook; Like this: … Gopro footage of hiking up Nigel Peak in the Rocky Mountains! In Portsmouth yesterday a hospital said it would investigate after an 88-year-old woman died following a seven-hour … Long slope but … Distance: 7 km Elevation gain: 825 m Route map After a rather terrible trip up Nigel Peak the day before, Alison, Sandra, and I were in need of a much easier trip today. Surrounded by the giants in the area Nigel Peak is mostly ignored except for when the weather decides the big ones are off limits. At this point you may not be able to see Kane’s trail but you should be able to see outlier of Nigel Peak (GR876872, page 2). The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from July until August. The pass is beautiful and I highly recommend it. There were a few ups and downs before we reached the summit. The Cloud or Bosley Cloud is described by Wikipedia as a prominent hill which lies on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire a couple of miles to the west of the Peak district national park boundary. We made our way up the first ridge before crossing the northwest bowl to reach the second ridge. Nigel Peak 3211 m,, or 10 535 ft. At Nigel Pass turn right on a trail after crossing the Brazeau River, which is more of a creek at this point. Instead starting from Wilcox Pass Trailhead, we started from our campground in Wilcox Campground. Heading back from the ridge above the basin, We looked for and found good scree to descend, The following day we climbed Mount Wilcox, Crossing the meadows back to the campground. So again like on Red Man Mountain, I drove out the night before and found their site. Sunwapta had a lot of snow on it, but it is a gentle slope. Approach: This route is little different from Kane’s route. Enjoying those amazing views! 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