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East End of Rundle

This wasn't my plan for the day though. My original plan was Mount Haffner in Kootenay National Park, but when I arrived there, the isothermal snow condition turned me around. It was 3pm, not a good time to start a snowshoeing trip in May... I didn't want to waste a bluebird day in the mountains so I drove back to Canmore and hopefully to bag a smaller peak.
East End of Rundle is one of the shortest ascents in that area. Park at Whiteman's Gap and look for a man made trail. The trail is very steep but it takes you up high quicker. The forest is not thick so you will have good views towards Ha Ling and Goat Range on the way up. At the treeline, you can either aim for the skyline ridge on your right, or scramble up a steep slope followed by a rock band, directly aim for the summit. At this elevation, there were still lots of snow, so I followed other scramblers' tracks aiming for the rock band. When dry, the band is very straightforward. But I had to deal with wet snow covered slabs. It didn't impose much problem but the wet condition made me suspicious about the foot holds. I couldn't trust the grips sometimes. After the rock band, it's only 5 min away from the summit.
Coming back down through the rock band is even trickier due to the wet condition... The trail on the lower part is steep so all the forces act on your knees, not so pleasant though. My round trip time is 3.5 hours.

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Looking down at Goat Creek Parking lot
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Looking down at Goat Creek Parking l…
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Looking down to Whiteman's Gap
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Looking down to Whiteman's Gap
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Looking down to Spray River
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Looking down to Spray River
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Typical view below treeline
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Typical view below treeline
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A pond on Whiteman's Gap
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A pond on Whiteman's Gap
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Ha Ling Peak
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Ha Ling Peak
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The upper mountain
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The upper mountain
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Above treeline
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Above treeline
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Ha Ling, Miner's, Lawrence Grassi
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Ha Ling, Miner's, Lawrence Grassi
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Upper mountain is snow covered
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Upper mountain is snow covered
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Crux rock band
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Crux rock band
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Looking down Canmore corridor
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Looking down Canmore corridor
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Spray Valley
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Spray Valley
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Goat Range
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Goat Range
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The Rundle Traverse
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The Rundle Traverse
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Bow Valley & Fairholme Range
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Bow Valley & Fairholme Range
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Ha Ling - Lawrence Grassi - Big Sister - Lougheed
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Ha Ling - Lawrence Grassi - Big Sist…
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True summit of Rundle
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True summit of Rundle
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Old Goat Mountain
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Old Goat Mountain
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Assiniboine barely shows up
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Assiniboine barely shows up
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Grotto Mountain
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Grotto Mountain
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Pigeon Mountain
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Pigeon Mountain
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Mt. Lady MacDonald
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Mt. Lady MacDonald
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Inglismaldie & Giouard
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Inglismaldie & Giouard
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Mt. Charles Stewart
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Mt. Charles Stewart
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Brett & Pilot Mountain
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Brett & Pilot Mountain
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Peaks behind Goat Range
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Peaks behind Goat Range
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Coming down the rock band
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Coming down the rock band
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Steep section
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Steep section
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