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Mt. Edith Cavell Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,034'
Location: 52.6686, -118.0387 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: George Bell on Apr 5, 2007

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Mt. Edith Cavell is one of the most photogenic peaks in Canada. You can see it from Jasper on a clear day, and when I was a teenager I remember every store in Jasper seemed to boast a gorgeous photo or placemat of this peak. I climbed the peak in 2003, and afterwards wanted to buy a nice poster of the peak. Scouring Jasper I was disappointed to not find a single decent photo of this peak! It seems its popularity has declined, or perhaps my memory of how great the photos used to be is poor. In 2003 the tourist shops were chock full of photos and placemats with views from lake Louise and around Banff!

The mountain was named in 1916 for an English nurse executed by the Germans during World War I for helping people held captive to escape.

Among climbers, this peak is famous for its East Ridge, a classic moderate route with fantastic views, and its Nordwand which was conquered by Chouinard, Becky and Doody in 1961. There are now quite a few routes up the North Face, and many argue that the original is not the best.

Getting There 

This peak is close to Jasper, follow the paved Mt. Edith Cavell Road to a parking lot at 5800 feet. Here the peak soars over 5000 above you. A nice short hike leads from here to Cavell Meadows, with spectacular views of the North Face.

Climbing Season

Weather station 14.9 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Edith Cavell

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Edith Cavell:
East Ridge   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, Alpine, 5000'   
North Face - Chouinard/Beckey/Doody   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 5000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing on the East Ridge.  The shot and the scan...

East Ridge 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  North America : Canada : ... : Mt. Edith Cavell
This is one of the most classic routes the Canadian Rockies and yet another fine FA by the King of Guides, Conrad Kain. The route follows the stunning left skyline of the mountain (see George's picture).From the parking lot, take the trail to Cavell Meadows and then head up the moraines towards the bottom of the ridge. The scramble to the start of the ridge is one of the looser more unpleasant ones around, especially by headlamp.At the base of the ridge you may want to wait until ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: View down the West Ridge, Aug 17, 2011
View down the West Ridge, Aug 17, 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Edith Cavell
Mt Edith Cavell
Rock Climbing Photo: Descending the West Ridge, Aug 17, 2011
Descending the West Ridge, Aug 17, 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Edith Cavell contour interval:  500 feet Nor...
BETA PHOTO: Mount Edith Cavell contour interval: 500 feet Nor...
Rock Climbing Photo: just like you are lookin at it
just like you are lookin at it
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris McRaild on the summit of Edith Cavell on a v...
Chris McRaild on the summit of Edith Cavell on a v...
Rock Climbing Photo: Same photo cropped differently.
Same photo cropped differently.

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