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Fresnoy Mountain (4) # 15132

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Date: 2011.08.03
Vantage Point: High on the northwest ridge of Queens Peak, about 350' below the summit

Caption: Fresnoy Mountain from the southeast, across the long Queens-Fresnoy connecting ridge

PhotoDescr: On August 3, a brave group of ACC Calgary section camp climbers made what is probably the third or fourth ascent of Queens Peak via the northwest ridge. From high up on that ridge the view of peaks near and distant was outstanding; this photo of Fresnoy was just one of many.

On our descent from Queens we took a different route down: instead of retracing our steps across the slanted snow shelf that runs on the north and west sides of Alexandra and Queens from the West Alexandra Glacier, we traversed this long (close to 2 kilometres) intervening ridge between Queens and Fresnoy and then descended the standard route up Fresnoy (the southwest slopes and ridge) and dropped down to the northwest onto the South Rice Glacier. Our only problem was, once again, collapsing snow that buried the heavier of our team members up to their thighs step after step.

Behind Fresnoy, Bryce can be seen on the left, while to the right are Columbia (partly in cloud), Spring Rice, South and North Twin, and Snow Dome.

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