Thursday, August 06, 2015

Abbot Pass trip, day 3 (Fuhrman ledges route from the hut to Lake Louise)

The Fuhrman Ledges was a great descent route from Abbot Pass to Lake Louise. From Lake Louise, we hitched a ride to our car at the staging area for Lake O'Hara.  Took us about 6 hours.
I didn't take any photos on the actual ledges, which were wildy exposed but extremely cool. It was like something out of Lord of the Rings, you could not see the route from afar until you were actually on it.
There were 3 areas that were protected by cable and a couple of tricky exposed spots that we solo'd that are worth considering protecting with a belay.
Crossing glacier near hut

Past glacier and shooting gallery of rockfall from Lefroy



Finding the start of the ledges and one of 3 cables
End of the ledges near the scree descent to boulderfields and Lefroy glacier / Victoria glacier

Crossing the gravel covered lower Victoria glacier

Looking back at the Fuhrman ledges and ascending to the Plain of 6 glaciers trail




We all hopped into the lake for a quick swim - it was cold but so refreshing!

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