Friday August 1st 2014
The Big Sister Scramble is on every scramblers ” to do list” if you live in Canmore. This was my second time with a lapse time of 8 years. I don’t plan on going again any time soon. The first part is very steep and un-relenting up through the trees. After the tree line there are two choices. One down climb or two stay on the rocky slab spine. Neither one is pleasant. If you like rock scrambling go the spine route, any fear of exposure and you are down climbing into a terrible scree and scree on slabs slog and rubble. I have tried both routes in pieces and prefer the spine route. Once past the spine the going is more normal following various rocky scree trail to the next big down climb. Don’t be put off it is not as bad as it looks and has lot’s of ledges.
Distance return 6.5 km Time return 7 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1365 m Elevation to Summit 1250 m Summit height 2936 m