Mt Rundle, as seen just east of Banff, Alberta - summit is highest point in image (9,675').
How the peak got its name!
[Canadians have this unique blending of denominations.]
Not to worry - I've translated the French into American! :)
What's most notable here is the near vertical mile gain. .. Who would have thought that Banff resides so low.
11 km round-trip = a little less than 7 miles.
A beautiful and clear Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend, also observed up North.
Surely the route will be crowded. .. Summit is high point on left.
Route begins on right - southwest side of peak.
I set off about 8:00 am - the route pretty level at first.
Looking across at Sulphur Mtn Gondola route - summit to right.
Yes, an Inukshuk
View back west.
Telephoto - Gondola base on left; Banff Upper Hot Springs just left and above large hotel.
Looking down into Central Gully.
Key crossing of the gully.
From now on the route is quite steep (rarely a switchback).
Can you make out the red ribbons on tree - lower right?
Emerging above treeline.
Banff down on center right.
Mt Rundle as seen from top of Sulphur Mtn, the day before my climb.
Telephoto - route goes to left of center wall.
Looking ahead with telephoto - route goes to left of the center wall.
One of a few bivy shelters.
The first person I saw - a frequent local visitor now on his way down.
Yes, that's the incomparable classic shot of Mount Assiniboine.
It tops out at 11,870' - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies.
Telephoto - someone slowly catching up with me.
Won't be avoiding the snow any longer.
Generally only 2-3 inches deep and not icy.