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Eastern End of the Cataract and Sunrise Glaciers # 7388

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Date: 2005.08.18
Vantage Point: From south buttress of Isolation Peak #2

Caption: Looking down the Malemute Glacier to the outliers of the Waddington Range

PhotoDescr: The big peak on the right with the large north face is Despair Peak. Like most peaks in the immediate area, the rock on the north side was heart-breakingly inconsistent and we did not attempt a route. The south face on the other hand is composed of perfect splitters, but is much smaller.

To Despair's right is McCowan with its standard 40 degree west face slopes visible. While Steve Harng and I went up the west face, Ben Stanton scrambled the right hand/SW ridge, which is distinct from the South Ridge route listed in the Guide, but not much harder and far shorter.

Deception and Meridian are the similarly-shaped sharp peaks left of Despair. We did not get time to explore them, but they look to be composed of good rock.

The granite and snow peak directly above the foreground rock is Mount Mercator, a worthy summit but lacking in any big routes.

Queen Bess and the northern Homathko Icefield are in the distance.

Photo taken during an ascent of Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows.

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