North American Classic Climbs

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Mount Athabasca

North Face Regular Route

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This route is the most popular of its kind in the Canadian Rockies due to its convenient position along the Canadian Ice Fields Parkway, the scenery it commands, and the classic nature of the smooth ice slope capped by a crux at the top. This is an excellent introduction to icy north faces for anyone aspiring to the "routes major" elsewhere.


Snow & Ice




Jasper Nat'l Park, Alberta, Canada



G15, I2, I9 , W16


III, extensive snow & ice to 60 degrees, 1 pitch 5.4 rock or ice at 75 degrees.


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route Description

First Ascent:

D. Rau and D. Soper, August 1971


Trip Reports:

Larson 10/01
Bakos 3/98
Clark 8/97