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The Silverhorn from the Little Athabasca Glacier # 10266

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Date: 2007.09.08
Vantage Point: From North Glacier of Mount Athabasca

Caption: The Silverhorn glows in the sun while the North Glacier still waits for sunrise.

PhotoDescr: Several routes on Mount Athabasca go up the North Glacier to the base of the Silverhorn, a subpeak covered in snow and ice. The North Glacier of Athabasca is also called the Little Athabasca Glacier to distinguish it from the Athabasca Glacier that descends from the Columbia Icefield between Mount Andromeda and the Snow Dome.

The climbers here are uncoiling their ropes to a suitable length for glacier travel after short-roping for the ramp that traverses below the Silverhorn on the way to the summit ridge. We turned around on the ramp when the lack of a firm base on loose, angled snow made progress both slow and risky.

See the trip report for details.

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