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Huge Rockfall within the Canadian Rockies

Epaulette Mountain in Banff Nationwide Park is seen from the Icefields Parkway, nevertheless it’s not as usually talked about as different close by peaks, like Chephren and Howse. A photograph was simply shared to the Rockies Ice and Combined Situations Fb web page by Aidan Brushett of a giant rockfall down its east side.

It’s unknown when the rockfall befell or if anybody was within the space. The primary ascent of Epaulette Mountain was in 1924 by Frederick Vanderbilt Subject, William Osgood Subject, and information Edward Feuz Jr. The height was formally named Epaulette in 1961.

Whereas there’s little revealed details about technical routes on Epaulette, in 2014 we requested the late, legendary climber Jeff Lowe a couple of rumoured climb up Epaulette in 1973, and he instructed us, “Mike Weis was my accomplice on Epaullette, which we climbed in 1973 and by no means reported or wrote up. It was truly a very good climb. A 3,500 foot face with first rate rock and ice and fascinating route discovering.

“We left the Parkway at daybreak one summer time morning, began down and a gorgeous black wolf met us on the river crossing. We discovered our method via the woods to the bottom of the wall and spent the remainder of the day having nice enjoyable on the climb and bivouacked on the summit. A basic Canadian Rockies journey. You will be the primary to report it, in Gripped!” See photographs of Epaulette earlier than and after the rockfall beneath.

Epaulette pre- and post-rockfall. Photos by Paul Zizka and Aidan Brushett
Epaulette pre- and post-rockfall. Pictures by Paul Zizka and Aidan Brushett



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