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Follow The Climbs - Alberta: Mount Columbia

The Summits of Canada Expedition began with the first climb on June 25, 2006. The team made their first summit attempt on Mount Columbia in Alberta. Click here for more details and information about this incredible Canadian peak.

The team has now returned from the mountain where they experienced very warm weather conditions which resulted in high-risk avalanche conditions. For more information, click on and listen to the audio clips below from Expedition Leader, James Coleridge, explaining what happened on the mountain and how it affected the team's first summit attempt.

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Audio Clips

Saturday, June 24, 2006

- team heads for Mount Columbia, Alta

Sunday, June 25, 2006

- team camps on Columbia Icefield, delays advancing because of avalanche concerns, aiming for a Tuesday summit attempt

Monday, June 26, 2006 (1am)

- team assesses the impacts of higher than normal temperatures and the resulting avalanche dangers just prior to their scheduled 2am departure to ascend to high camp

Monday, June 26, 2006 (3am, update 2)

- after a team meeting assessing the risks of avalanche dangers due to current weather conditions, the consensus is that safety comes first and the climb has been halted and postponed until a later date

Monday, June 26, 2006 (9:30am, update 3)

- team descends and arrives back at the Climbers Parking Lot on Athabasca Glacier. Extremely tired and bit disappointed but committed to return, they renew and bolster their spirits with an impromptu meeting with some international tourists and get to showcase our country by enjoying some Canadian public relations activities.

Alberta Jasper National Park
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CanaTREK, the Summits of Canada Expedition Team - 2006
"Teaching Canadians and the World about Canada - One Step At A Time"