August 04, 2009

Classic Canadian Rockies Ascents

Descending Mt. Athabasca on the Icefields Parkway.

A few photos from 4 days guiding between the Wapta Icefields and Mt. Athabasca. Conditions were generally excellent and the weather was fine. Unfortunately, the monsoon arrived immediately after the work ended, crushing all hopes of personal climbing. I guess that's how it goes in the Canadian Rockies where we are famous for having 10 months of winter and 2 months of bad skiing.

Approaching the Ramp Route on Mt. Athabasca.

Early in the AM on Athabasca.

Colonel Paddy J leading a rope team on Athabasca.

The guy sneaking out of a hole at the back of the rope has actually been living in a crevasse for a few years and occasionally crawls out of his nook to join passing rope teams en-route to the summit.

Shadowman on the summit of Athabasca.

Descending the Ramp Route on Mt. Athabasca.

Descending below the Silverhorn.

Heading down the lower glacier with the Icefields Parkway far below.

Our big group on the last day of a mini Wapta Traverse from Bow to Peyto.

Group meeting on the lower Peyto Glacier.

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