Nigel Peak

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

Nigel Peak
  • Location: Jasper National Park
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,211 m (10,535 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,160 m (3,806 ft)
  • Distance: 7.7 km / Loop (4.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 16.8°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Advanced
  • Fitness Level: Hard
Next day after Mount Athabasca, we decided to go for Nigel Peak.

Approach:
This route is little different from Kane’s route. Instead starting from Wilcox Pass Trailhead, we started from our campground in Wilcox Campground. Use my descent route (red line) for better route.

You can find a trail from side of a storage near “→32-39 ↑40-46” campground sign (at waypoint “Trailhead”). This trail will lead to a drainage. Gain elevation using the drainage as much as you can then go left (west) before it becomes too difficult to get out of the drainage. Depending on where you are, probably you need to bushwhack little bit, but if you can find some kind of trail that will help. 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).

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. Considering that we didn’t know that, we did pretty good job going up on rubble and coming down on scree. I have to say scree slope was really soft and awesome for scree run!!

West Slope:
From the outlier we followed Kane’s trail traversing west slope of the summit (page 6). Mostly it was dry so we didn’t have much problem, but if this is snow covered, traversing here could be slippery or worse, can be avalanche hazards.

To Summit:
This was crux for us. The terrain here became quite steep at the edge of ridge where it was dry, but rest of slope was covered with frozen snow (page 10, 11). So we had a choice of climbing up the dry but moderately difficult scramble or kick step frozen snow without crampons. If we started late, the snow could have been soft and fun to step in, but it wasn’t. So I suggest bringing appropriate gear for here.

PAGE 2: HIDE PAGE 2SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

The slope where light is, is our ascent route.

PAGE 3: HIDE PAGE 3SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Long rubble to go up.

PAGE 4: HIDE PAGE 4SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

It was only a day before we were at the summit of Athabasca.

PAGE 5: HIDE PAGE 5SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

More rubble!

PAGE 6: HIDE PAGE 6SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

West slope and summit. Quite good looking peak I have to say.

PAGE 7: HIDE PAGE 7SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Would be fun to do the ridge goes to Wilcox Pass.

PAGE 8: HIDE PAGE 8SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

More view of 11,000ers of Columbia Icefield.

PAGE 9: HIDE PAGE 9SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Traversing the west slope. What a view of Athabasca.

PAGE 10: HIDE PAGE 10SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Dead frozen snow slope. Ben and I took this route.

PAGE 11: HIDE PAGE 11SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Pretty steep scramble for moderate. Wil going up.

PAGE 12: HIDE PAGE 12SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Very nice view. This valley goes to Nigel Pass.

PAGE 13: HIDE PAGE 13SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Mr. Orange at the summit.

PAGE 14: HIDE PAGE 14SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Benther having snacks.

PAGE 15: HIDE PAGE 15SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

This peak has better view than Tangle Ridge. Mouseover for peak pointers!!

PAGE 16: HIDE PAGE 16SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

Serious faces. I wonder what they were thinking…

PAGE 17: HIDE PAGE 17SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

North Twin and Twins Tower.

PAGE 18: HIDE PAGE 18SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Fantastic 4. From left-Top to right bottom: Ben, Wil, me, then Heather.

PAGE 19: HIDE PAGE 19SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

Such a beautiful day, beautiful view, but these peeps can only talk crap. Mouseover to listen to their conversation.

PAGE 20: HIDE PAGE 20SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Athabasca Glacier.

PAGE 21: HIDE PAGE 21SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Ben downclimbing 90 degree ice without ice tools, crampons, and rope.

PAGE 22: HIDE PAGE 22SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Or not.

PAGE 23: HIDE PAGE 23SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Heather coming down the crux.

PAGE 24: HIDE PAGE 24SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

4 day peak begging is almost coming to the end.

PAGE 25: HIDE PAGE 25SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Really good scree for scree run. Fun fun!

PAGE 26: HIDE PAGE 26SHOW/HIDE PIC 1SHOW/HIDE PIC 2

Mouseover for Kane's route (left) and our ascent route (right).

PAGE 27: HIDE PAGE 27SHOW/HIDE PIC 1

Bath time. Water is too cold.


SHOW PAGE
GO TO ORIGINAL PAGE AT SOISTHEMAN.COM