After reading Vern’s trip report on Mt Cory from last Sunday, and then coming across another bundle of photos from Oct 28 on the same mountain, I thought the trail is broken all the way to the summit – nice!
Well, it turns out only Vern made it to the summit, the other group didn’t even reached beyond the snow covered slopes.
Vern’s tracks came visible on a couple of snow slopes kind of avi prone, and my ridiculous crampons were simply incompatible with my old mountaineering boots, and kept coming off them every 5 minutes. It was enough to delay my last hour of ascent breaking trail in the snow (Vern’s tracks were mostly covered by wind blown snow) and forced me to turn around just before dark.
This trip will give you a great cardio workout on the first 900m steep ascent, mostly following a relatively visible trail marked with a few cairns.
On the return however, in the dark, was not as straight forward. Lost a microspike (again). Overall a very demanding scramble/ mountaineering trip for this time of year with the short day light.
Mount Cory in Banff NP Canadian Rockies