Observation Peak 3174m - Sunday, Sep 10, 2023

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The Basics:
Event Type: Scramble 
Event Location:  Icefields Parkway, east of Peyto Lake 
Event Starts:   Sunday, Sep 10, 2023 06:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 06:00 AM @ Banff/ Norquay turnoff, Juniper hotel road.)  
Event Ends:   Sunday, Sep 10, 2023 04:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Tuesday, Sep 05, 2023 08:30 AM  
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Annette Young

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 5
Minimum Group Size: 3
Number Registered So Far:   5 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Carpool meet-up at Juniper turnoff/Norquay exit in Banff at 6 am. Sign waivers.

Drive up to the trailhead/parking area, which is across from Peyto Lake along the Icefields Parkway.

Walk along an old road, then hike up a gully, scramble ledges and scree to reach the false summit, continue on to the true summit. 

Enjoy some moments of great Observation of several significant peaks while taking in the fantastic views on Observation Peak.  

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking boots/ mountaineering boots


Extra layers and clothing


Food, snacks and water to sustain you for a full day of activity

Backpack to carry all your gear in

Your positive energy and stoke

Recommended Items to Bring:

Hiking poles

Bear Spray

Bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Alan Kane describes the Observation Peak scramble in his book Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. While the scramble is described as an easy/moderate one, there are hazards on this trip (rockfall, trips, slips, falls being the main ones)

Participants must be comfortable with 1100 meters of elevation in a day, be sure footed on steep scree up and down, be comfortable with mild/moderate exposure and have good level of fitness.  

This event has a pre-screening process. If we have not scrambled together before, please add your name to the wait list and expect to receive a questionnaire to fill out.

Carpool Departure Time:   06:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Banff/ Norquay turnoff, Juniper hotel road.


We will start this day at the carpool meeting location where we will sign waivers and have a discussion about the day. While we have an objective on our radar and will work toward reaching the summit, the ultimate goal for the day is to have a fun, safe, fantastic day together in the mountains.

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Rocky Mountain Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Tuesday, September 05, 2023 at 08:30 AM.