Stephen S. and Paul C. joined myself and James Y. for an excellent weekend adventure on the Wapta icefields this past March 8-10. James and I drove down from Lethbridge on Thursday, March 7th and hooked up with Stephen and Paul at the hostel in Lake Louise. Stephen and Paul had driven up highway 93 from Montana in about 8 hours.
We did the mini-traverse from Peyto to Bow and en-route tagged Mt. Rhonda, before cutting our trip short Sunday due to poor weather. We had a late (and painfully slow) supper at the hostel restaurant Thursday night but we were able to get up at 6 AM on Friday and had a reasonably early start from the hostel.
I had a hard time remembering a few minor details from 2009 (where to park for the Peyto approach, for example.) Luckily we brought my GPS tracks and we started from the closest parking area, which, in my defense - was unmarked and quite easy to miss!
Photo 3. James on the glacier at last with Paul and Stephen in the background
|Photo 4. Another group caught us on the glacier and we followed their tracks (unroped) to the hut.|
|Photo 5. Instrumentation on the glacier for a research project.|
|Photo 6. Peyto Hut was cozy. Luckily it was not filled to capacity.|
Photo 7. Peyto Hut.
|Photo 8. Our ski tracks descending from the hut to the glacier|
|Photo 9. Bluebird skies on Saturday! Photo taken just after cresting the rise from Peyto to Bow Glacier. Unsure of the mountain on the far left, but other peaks in the background are Vulture, St. Nicolas, Mt. Olive and Mt. Gordon.|
|Photo 10. Skiing up Mt. Rhonda.|
|Photo 10a. A strong group of 7 makes their way up Habel (we shared Peyto hut with this group the previous night)|
|Photo 11. View from Mt. Rhonda summit.|
|Photo 12. Paul and Stephen on Mt. Rhonda's summit.|
|Photo 13. Yours truly on Mt. Rhonda.|
|Photo 14. View looking West and connecting ridge to Habel.|
|Photo 15. Descending to Bow Hut. Mt. Thomson and Portal Peak on the left.|
|Photo 16. St. Nicolas peak.|
Sunday, conditions were pretty snowy at the hut. We debated waiting it out and doing some touring if things cleared up but it was not to be, as the white out conditions persisted late into the morning. Finally, we decided to bail and head back to town, rather than simply hanging out at the hut all day. (There was beer in Lake Louise but none at the hut!) Overall it was a great trip.
Stephen's merged photo set at his picasa album (includes my shots, as well as a few of Jim's and Paul's)
My complete photo set at my picasa web album