Stanley Peak | 2010.08.15

Stanley Peak
  • Location: Kootenay National Park
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,155 m (10,352 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 m (3,281 ft)
  • Distance: 12.6 km / One Way (7.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 4.5°
  • Estimated Time: 7-11 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Moderate

Above stats is from our camp spot at GR670669 to Marble Canyon. Not car-to-car stats. Please see Mount Ball trip report.

After a successful Mount Ball ascent, we camped at GR670669 . Next day, we traversed to west from the camp spot going around southwest ridge of Beatrice to southwest ridge of Stanley. Actually there are 2 southwest ridges. See page 17. The one we were is westerly one and you can see easterly one behind us. Moderate scramble route is staying on westerly one and go up scree when the ridge hits rockbands (page 6). We didn’t find any difficulties beside rockfalls from this loose scree / rubble slope.

Perhaps the most difficult part of Stanley was to find the way down to Haffner Creek from where we dropped our gear (waypoint “Drop Gear”), because there was a long drop goes across good part of entire south slope of Stanley. Route finding is a key here and unfortunately, I didn’t realize my GPS’s battery was dead, it didn’t record the track… Sorry!!. Where the line is red in the map is where I guessed how we made the way down. Basically we went as far down as we could and traversed to west passing 3 or 4 gullies like page 18. Eventually we reached a big open avalanche slope (Kane’s route) to safely descent. A tip here is not to walk on the avalanche slope though. Instead stay on vegetation slope because soil was so soft and was easy on legs (page 19).

* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)

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