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Mount Charlton from the West # 11128

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Date: 2005.08.21
Vantage Point: From the summit of Mount Unwin

Caption: The slopes of Mount Charlton and peaks to the east

PhotoDescr: After abandoning David Henry and Michael Graham to their fate on the alpine ice of the northeast face of Mount Unwin, Alistair DesMoulins (figure in picture) and I plodded up through crevasses and seracs to the col between Unwin and Charlton (which can be seen behind Alistair and to the left). We first ascended Charlton, whose summit is actually a long way from the col, and then backtracked and climbed steeper snow slopes to the apex of Unwin.

We waited around under chilly conditions for over an hour, hoping to see an axe or a helmet poke up over the crest of the northeast glacier, but to no avail. So we once again abandoned our companions and headed down. However, within the next hour we saw two ants themselves crawling down the snow slope of Unwin, following our tracks, and were relieved to know that they had made their climb and were still moving.

Incidentally, Mount Paul, north of Maligne Lake and at its east end, can be seen at the far left of the photo.

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