Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
ACCESS: From the Balfour Hut via the Balfour High Col which is the most challenging and potentially dangerous section of the Wapta traverse. The Scott Duncan Hut is located on a cliff bench below the northwest ridge of Mt.
Daly at the south end of the Waputik Icefield.
To access the Scott Duncan Hut from the Balfour Hut you need good weather and stable snow conditions as you must gain the Balfour High Col.
This is often described as the crux of the Wapta traverse and with good reason as there Get the full route description at www.backcountryskiingcanada.com