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Mount Byng from Marvel Pass # 8317

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

Caption: Mount Byng about 3.6 km SE from Marvel Pass

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 -- and ascended Mount Byng from the southwest with little difficulty except for the final tower slightly removed to the east from the easier, but lower, summit one first encounters. Below is the excerpt from trip report #1479 dealing with this climb:

"On July 11, we descended Marvel Pass and skirted the pretty little lake just east of the pass, then boulder-hopped up the valley to the southeast, which forms the headwaters of Owl Creek. The NW shoulder of Mt. Byng is easily accessed from this valley (I have actually skied most of the way up this ridge), and the most westward of two summits was reached easily over scree and minor slabs in about two hours from our camp. There is, however, a second summit somewhat to the east of the first that may be slightly higher - reaching that summit required some modestly intricate scrambling and exposure. We left a register on this second summit.

Mt. Byng (9650'/2940m) was first ascended in 1934 via this route by H.S. Crosby and guide, Rudolph Aemmer. This peak was named after Julian Hedworth George Byng (1862-1935), sometimes called the Baron of Vimy Ridge since he served as the commander of the Canadian Corps in this horrendous battle of 1916 in World War I. He later was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926.

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