Stanley Peak

PAGE 1: HIDE PAGE 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

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).

PAGE 2: HIDE PAGE 2SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

Picture from previous day. This is around GR659667 (guessing). Mouseover for the approx. route from our camp spot to Stanley (GR670669).

PAGE 3: HIDE PAGE 3SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

My sister in law in Japan gave me these gloves. It says best condition (as in doing something well). Some reason, I felt moral boost when I wear them.

PAGE 4: HIDE PAGE 4SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Coming down from a ledge to Stanley / Beatrice bowl.

PAGE 5: HIDE PAGE 5SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

From the camp spot, ascent of Stanley became shortened so much. Not much distance (no bushwhacking) and only 1000 m elevation gain.

PAGE 6: HIDE PAGE 6SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

Stay on the southeast ridge (westerly one) and zigzag upper rockbands to the summit. Mouseover for line.

PAGE 7: HIDE PAGE 7SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Instead of staying on westerly southeast ridge, we switched to easterly southeast ridge and terrain became difficult scramble rather than moderate scramble… YES OFF-ROUTE SCRAMBLING!! Well actually I suggested the moderate route, but no one believed me and rejected me for two reasons I think. 1) I think they know I tend to choose more challenging route. 2) Who listen to a guy who can see imaginary person?

PAGE 8: HIDE PAGE 8SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Upper part after the ridges where we had to zigzag to avoid series of small / medium size rockbands.

PAGE 9: HIDE PAGE 9SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Andrea at the summit.

PAGE 10: HIDE PAGE 10SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Mount Ball.

PAGE 11: HIDE PAGE 11SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Vern and Andrea at the summit resting.

PAGE 12: HIDE PAGE 12SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

View from lower part of summit was actually better than view from the summit… Interesting. Stanley Glacier down below.

PAGE 13: HIDE PAGE 13SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Now we switched our position. Me at the summit, Vern and Andrea at the lower part.

PAGE 14: HIDE PAGE 14SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Now I was at west side of lower part looking at the summit… LOL.

PAGE 15: HIDE PAGE 15SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

We spent plenty of time at 3 summits we did this weekend. From left, Eric, Andrea, and Vern.

PAGE 16: HIDE PAGE 16SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Going down.

PAGE 17: HIDE PAGE 17SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Down down down…

PAGE 18: HIDE PAGE 18SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

From where we dropped our gear, we had to find our route because there was drops.

PAGE 19: HIDE PAGE 19SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

By traversing close to Kane's route we could safely descent to the world of grasswhacking planet.

PAGE 20: HIDE PAGE 20SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Kane's avalanche slope route… I think.

PAGE 21: HIDE PAGE 21SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

At bottom it was 28 degrees. Washing and chilling at Haffner Creek was super refreshing.

PAGE 22: HIDE PAGE 22SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Well that's it for this week… Actually after 2.5 hours of more grasswhacking from this point then the end.


SHOW PAGE
GO TO ORIGINAL PAGE AT SOISTHEMAN.COM