the rimwall - 8792' - south ridge class 3
The day after Elaine and I attempted Tower Mountain, we were successful on The Rimwall, which is a small peak just southeast of the Three Sisters; the prominent triple peaks that rise right above Canmore. Starting from the Spray Lakes Road at about 1pm, we began hiking up the trail towards Wind Tower and Wind Pass, and after roughly 1 kilometer we hit substantial snow and proceeded to slog our way up knee deep snow all the way to treeline. We even had to endure a short snow storm that lasted 25 minutes or so just before treeline. Luckily though, as the weather in Alberta typically does, it changed and cleared up allowing us to continue. Once we reached treeline, we made one short class 3-4 climb up a cliff band and onto the upper south slopes, where the snow depth drastically reduced. We even were able to walk on bare ground for a bit! We reached the SE ridge 500 feet below the summit, and finished the ridge up to the top. At 5pm we topped out, with the crux being a rock band 40 feet below the summit that was covered in ice/rime. Was interesting! We were able to quickly descend and return to the car before dark for a nice half day 3200 feet ascent.