Long anticipated; finally realized! Garth had the foresight to bring the "lucky pig", used to assure fun hog conditions, usually good powder for skiing. And it worked! Amazingly, the 11 km Rice Brook road was ungated and driveable in the Subaru (just barely) for 9+ km to 5500' (about 52:01.5-117:16.8). The road has been "decommissioned " so this drivablity won't last long. The time is now for an easy approach. The climb probably hasn't gotten much easier; it's very trad up there (circa 1902).
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2000: the approach to the 9200' col was casual and pleasant (see waypoints), great to be climbing in the Rockies after skipping a year. Rain and snow showers for a couple hours, about 2 cm new snow at 9200'. We saw party of 3 rapping over 'schrund in direct descent from W side of col, but out of communication distance. There is a nice bivy site at the east end of the col complete with tarn and views of the Columbia Icefield, and more as showers cleared. We hiked up "little resplendant" (a knob to NW) for a better view of Bryce, although it was mostly wrapped in a thin veil of cloud, but very sexy.
Wow, this is a BIG mountain! I had only seen it from the distance(Mt. Athabasca and Parkers Ridge) before. Who's this over the hill, middle-aged fool kidding? Better to burn out that to turn to rust!? I should have been more careful reading "Sandbags in the Canadian Rockies" when it says "Bryce is a huge, isolated mountain. . .the jewel of the mountain is the NE ridge traverse. .... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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