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Aurora Mountain # 8316

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Date: 1992.07.11
Vantage Point: From the unnamed lake at Marvel Pass

Caption: The north face of Aurora Mountain

PhotoDescr: On our first day at Marvel Pass, Mardy Roberts and I climbed Marvel Peak. On the second we set out across Marvel Meadows -- one of the more delightful places in the Rockies, indeed -- ascended Mount Byng from the SW with little difficulty except for the final tower slightly removed to the E from the easier, but lower, summit one first encounters; we then traversed the whole of the Aurora massif from east to west -- about two km of scrambling and side-hilling. The precipice in the photo was consistently to our right for much of the traverse. Below is the relevant section regarding Aurora from trip report #1479:

"Mardy Roberts and I climbed Mt. Aurora (9150'/2790m) on the same day (July 11, 1992) that we ascended Mt. Byng. After our ascent of Mt. Byng, we easily descended perfect scree to the Byng/Aurora col, where we had lunch. After lunch, we descended 100m down the S side of the col into one of the feeder drainages for Currie Crk; we then ascended 500' of scree and ledges to gain the crest of the SE ridge of Aurora, which we easily climbed for another 700' to the summit itself, a vantage point that provided delightful views.

The actual summit of Aurora is not the one marked on 82 J/13 at the W end of the massif, which is only 8550', but the horn at the SE end (9150'). We left a register and then followed for a considerable ways the E/W traverse route of the Becker, Lennox, Yekel, and Heathershaw party of August 1973. However, the hour was growing late and we eventually descended the W side to easier ground, where we engaged in a prolonged (!) side-hill gouge through scree and meadows to the W, where we accessed a broad col that overlooks from opposite directions both Currie and Aurora Creeks. Trending down and to the right (NW) brought us back to our camp at 7:30 p. m. On the way, we saw ptarmigan, marmots, and goats in several of the lovely little high valleys.

According to the historical record, Aurora was first climbed in 1916 by Boundary Commission in 1916. However, given the mis-placement of the summit of Aurora on the map, one wonders if in fact the Boundary Commission might have climbed the lower summit that straddles the Alberta/BC border. If this is true, then the actual first of ascent of the E summit remains shrouded in mystery."

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