ascent route: east ridge - YDS grade II, 5.3, UIAA IV, D
descent route: west ridge - YDS grade II, 4, UIAA III-
elevation gain: 1660m
Mount Edith Cavell is an easily identifiable peak that rises to the southeast of the Jasper townsite. The east ridge is a classic rock route with spectacular views the entire time. The lower part of the route below the shoulder is an enjoyable scramble. The upper climb contains great climbing on solid rock (solid for the Rockies). The descent route along the west ridge consists of very loose rock the entire way. We were glad to be the only ones on the descent. The hike out is straight-forward but long. As was the case for all our climbs in the Rockies, we were blessed with sunny skies. Conditions on the east ridge were perfect. We only required crampons and axes to cross the snow couloir at the shoulder and along the summit ridge.