Photo by Mike Reid
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary International|
|Convenient Center:||Canmore Alberta|
Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.
Park at a trail head on the north side of 1A, 2 km east of the junction of 1A and 1X north of Seebe. Follow the trail up the mountain in a westerly direction, bypassing the 1st marked junction.
Take a right at the 2nd unmarked junction. You are aiming for the east shoulder pass of Yam. At approximately 7000' you will top out and descend via the trail to circumvent the disintegrating buttress and proceed west on the north side of Yam following a trail that eventually ascends again aiming west for a small water worn notch in a rock band. From a distance this looks more challenging then it really is. Scramble up this break and continue west on the north side taking in the view from time to time up on the ridge. Continue west until you reach the crux which is aided by a new cable assisting you across horizontal ledges to a notch in the ridge. Then comes a great challenge for scramblers without anxious spouses. I would free climb the steep wall that immediately follows the cable crossing. However, the scramble route is to descend (unnatural for any climber) the gully on your right, clinging to solid rock on your left until you feel comfortable ascending again and continue your plod westward for the summit cairn. It took Stacy and I 2.5 hrs to the summit from the parking lot.
There is a summit register and plenty of space to lay out and enjoy the weather if it is suitable. The descent is uneventful down the west side and return to the south facing climbing routes, following the scree below Yam until you find the escalator scree in the middle that descends back to an official trail
Easy Street Route
Once you make the hump to the base of the wall, Easy Street is one of several variations towards the west end of Yamnuska. It shares the same start as Windy Slabs and I have marked a photo of the bottom portion of the route. After 5 pitches of Easy Street which takes you to BBQ Ledge, you can finish via one of the "West End Finishes." Below I describe the more challenging 5.9 layback to the right, but other options from 5.6 to 5.8 exist.
Begin at the right-hand side of a pillar about 40 meters left and slightly downhill of the ramp at the start of "Unnamed". Two Pitons near the bottom mark the route.
1st Pitch- 25 meters- Climb the right side of the pillar to its top where you will find one bolt and two pitons.
2nd Pitch- 50 meters- Traverse left past a piton into a small bay (pitons). Cross the bay and climb an easy ramp to a large belay ledge with a bolt. Step down and across a small gully (piton) and up to a clean ledge. Climb the slabby wall above toward King's Chimney. Once on the highest ledge between that route and Unnamed, move up the chimney of King's Chimney to a two-bolt belay on the left.
3rd/4th Pitch- 65 meters- We had a 70 meter rope and combined these two pitches. Climb up a short distance above the belay and step left to a small ledge. Follow solid cracks and slabs immediately left of King's Chimney to a fixed piton. Move left from the piton to another groove that leads up past a second piton to a two-bolt belay. If you have a long enough rope, traverse left to a groove and climb above to a solid ledge. Belay at a piton with a good cam crack to the right.
5th Pitch- 30 meters- Move left past a piton for about 5 meters, then step right across a steep, blocky wall and follow good cracks in the corner above to the large platform on the skyline which is BBQ Ledge (bolts).
6th Pitch- 55 meters- Proceed directly above for several moves and then traverse slightly left into a gully. Follow the layback crack above you to the right using primarily cams. This is not a true layback, but rather consists of several balancing moves switching back and forth. The crux on this pitch is about 2/3rds of the way up.
Return via the scramble traverse descent which is left to the col and subsequent scree trail.
Nuts and Cams, small to large, plenty of runners and station gear. Climbing shoes, helmet, 60-70 meter rope, etc.
Thanks to Dow Williams for this description.