Hike Camp and Travel
Mt. Burstall 2760m/9056

Scrambling with Alex Ingamells

Area: Smith-Dorrien Area
Height gain: 890m/2920'
Ascent date: July 29, 2005
Ascent time: 2:45hrs
Descent time: 1:45hrs
Comment: Difficult scramble

Mt. Burstall
On Burstall Pass Trail Our route to gain the col Nearing the col
(1) From Burstall Day Use parking spot, we simply followed the Burstall Pass Trail.
About five minutes after passing a big boulder in the middle of the trail, we turned left to a trail (cairn) which led us up to this valley. This is also the time we realized we left the scramblers book back in the car, so we had to look for the most logical approach to the col.
View of the summit from the col Ascent ridge nearing the summit The final ascent to the summit
The scramble up to the col was very stressful for us. There were a lot of loose, slippery rocks.
(3) The final ascent to the summit was the most exciting part of this trip. Here's alex ascending the crux. From a distance, this part looks very steep, exposed and impossible to ascend. It could fool you and make you turn back.
On the summit of Mt. Burstall Ridge back down to the valley Alex scrambling on the ridge on our descent
(1) Beautiful warm weather with gentle cool breeze. We stayed up here for a while to enjoy an outstanding view of the surrounding peaks and the glaciers.
Here's a sample of the ridge down from the summit.
On our descent, we scrambled down to the scree col and showered ourselves with dirt while scree skiing back down to the valley.

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S