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Castleguard Meadows and the Spring-Rice Group # 7238

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Date: 2005.08.20
Vantage Point: From north end of Castleguard Meadows

Caption: The Castleguard Meadows are a vegetated area in the midst of recent glacial remnants of scree and scoured rock.

PhotoDescr: Across the valley of the Castleguard River beyond the end of the meadows are a set of glaciated peaks along the Continental Divide. One of these, the highest on the skyline from this perspective, is Mount Spring-Rice, named not after an Asian delicacy as one might guess but after a British diplomat. In front of Spring-Rice is Watchman Peak; to its left is Mount Alexandra. These peaks don't seem to be assigned to any particular range.

We visited the meadows as part of a three-day expedition to climb Castleguard Mountain. The meadows are a hiker's destination in their own right, but the hiking trail, 35 km mostly up the Alexandra River, is reported by the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide to be "long, gruelling and often difficult" with hazardous river crossings. An alternative access is via the Saskatchewan Glacier, for those trained and equipped for glacier travel; this approach is about 12 km, five of which are on the glacier.

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