Coliseum Mountain

October 16, 2011

2045m

David Thompson Country, AB

This is my first time joining UAOC (University of Alberta Outdoor Club). They usually don’t organize ambitious scrambling trips, so a hike like this is probably the most serious trip in their agenda. I signed up too late and I was put in the wait list… Luckily for me, most of the participants dropped out probably due to the midterms. We met in University of Alberta very early in the morning and drove to David Thompson Country. This is also my first trip to Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway), but too bad, Coliseum Mountain is the front-most peak, so I didn’t get a good perspective of this area.

Coliseum Mountain hiking route

Coliseum Mountain hiking route

Under the crystal clear fall sky, we were all excited about the trip. I had done several scrambling objectives, but for most other hikers, this was their first hike in a while. This trail was a bit confusing as there are several unsigned branches. They all lead to private properties though. Once we started gaining elevation, it was consistently steep for the rest, until topping out on the ridge crest. During which we got very little views.

There was still some fall colours at trail-head

There was still some fall colours at trail-head

Finally got a good view of our objective (right)

Finally got a good view of our objective (right)

The terrain got rockier on the ridge crest and we slowed down considerably as some people were not confident on “scrambling”. We omitted the lower east summit, but directly aimed for the main west summit. The connecting ridge is surprisingly scenic. We had to ascend a brief loose section to gain the summit. The most attracting view was towards Abraham Lake, which I had never set my eyes on.

An interesting crack that offers some scrambling opportunities

An interesting crack that offers some scrambling opportunities

Robert in the crack

Robert in the crack

Coliseum Mountain true summit

Coliseum Mountain true summit

The summit block with an obvious ramp/weakness

The summit block with an obvious ramp/weakness

Hiking on the scenic summit ridge

Hiking on the scenic summit ridge

The summit is in sight

The summit is in sight

Shunda Mountain from the summit

Shunda Mountain from the summit

Another group on top

Another group on top

Summit view towards the mountains

Summit view towards the mountains

Zooming-in towards Abraham Lake

Zooming-in towards Abraham Lake

Bighorn Range is another front-most mountain range. Most of the peaks are unnamed

Bighorn Range is another front-most mountain range. Most of the peaks are unnamed

Not much to describe towards the other direction, except for the logging activities.

Not much to describe towards the other direction, except for the logging activities.

Our group on the summit.

Our group on the summit.

Due to the coldness, we didn’t linger too long on the summit, but soon started going down. We all had different descending paces, but we all made back without incidence. A great trip led by Robert McLeod.

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