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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2015, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone.

Pretty pumped, I found out/had confirmed I get to go home for a few days from work. Which means I get to go back out on the mountains the 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Planning on climbing on each day; have to make the most of my days off. on the third day I'm looking at a slightly higher peak - Mt. Chester.

I have read its not considered as that technical, and is generally a good first higher mountain.

So anyone care to share their thoughts on this mountain? would you recommend it?

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Go for it. You'll get great views of an interesting area and there are lots of other scramble peaks on either side. It's listed as a moderate scramble which means you'll get some hands-on climbing. As I recall there's some nice slabs. Just watch out for any loose rock that may overlay the slabs.
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Here is my recent report on Mount Chester: http://mattclay.zenfolio.com/mount_chester

I really enjoyed it. It's a good first moderate scramble with some hands-on sections, but nothing that is super exposed. A slabby section adds a bit of excitement, but the rock is very grippy. Just be sure to take your time finding the best route for you on the way up (and down!). It can be fairly easy or very difficult, like most scrambles.

HOWEVER, the Chester Lake area is currently closed due to bear activity. You can check the status here: http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaski...-lougheed.aspx

You might want to consider Mist Mountain as well. It is nearly 100 m higher than Chester and in my opinion offers a better panorama. Mount Sparrowhawk is another one that should be high on your list. Both are rated as easy scrambles. See:
http://mattclay.zenfolio.com/mist_mountain
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Given your experience I would not recommend Mist just yet. It's moderate with exposure by the north ridge and difficult by the Lipsett Col route. There are also route finding issues. Check out this TR for my solo traverse, up from Lipsett Col and down the north ridge, photos included.

https://forums.clubtread.com/34-alber...epic-mist.html

You had the east end of Rundle, Windtower and the main peak of Rundle on your list before. If you haven't already tagged them, head there first.
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Given your experience I would not recommend Mist just yet. It's moderate with exposure by the north ridge and difficult by the Lipsett Col route. There are also route finding issues. Check out this TR for my solo traverse, up from Lipsett Col and down the north ridge, photos included.
Totally agree with your assessment of the Lipsett Col and north ridge routes on Mist Mountain, but it's just a hike via the south cirque/bowl. I should have been more specific. See the map on my page. There is no exposure and no hands-on. Fairly stable scree too. I believe it's described in both the Copeland's and Daffern's hiking guides as well.
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Ah ok, agreed, though I haven't gone that way, I got a look at it. I thought you were referring to the scramble routes.
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I would second the suggestion for Mist's hiking route, or Sparrowhawk, assuming that Chester Lake's bear closure is not lifted in time for you.
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Sorry for the absence guys....got into a little accident.

I appreciate all the feed back and will review and take into consideration everything as well as suggestions for my days off.

Thanks all.

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All of the scrambles in the Chester Lake area are off limits due to a bear family in the area

http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaski...ay-valley.aspx
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I scramble'd Mist Mountain via the same route Matt took, last year. Easy scramble no need for hands on. This is the easiest way to get up this mountain and can also be done in shoulder season for folks experienced with some snow travel...

http://stevensong.com/mist-mountain
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Here is my recent report on Mount Chester: http://mattclay.zenfolio.com/mount_chester
Did you notice if there was a register on Mount Chester?
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I answered my own question yesterday - there was no register but there is one now :-)

The route was in great shape on a beautiful day with at least 10 summit visitors yesterday.
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