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Ascents of Mt. Byng & Aurora
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 13:09:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Moderate scrambling for the second summit of Byng (very difficult under winter conditions); moderate scrambling on Aurora
As part of a three-day trip to Marvel Pass, we ascended Marvel, Byng, Aurora, and Gloria.
On July 10, 1992, Mardy Roberts and I drove over to the parking area for hikes up Assiniboine and Aurora Creeks (see elsewhere for a description of driving to this point). There's a good trail up Aurora Creek on the N side, that climbs up, sometimes indistinctly, to Marvel Pass in about 8 km (3-4 hrs). We camped amongst the larches just W of the park boundary (no permit needed!).

On July 11, we descended Marvel Pass and skirted the pretty little lake just E of the pass (See Aurora), and boulder-hopped up the valley to the SE, which forms the headwaters of Owl Creek. The NW shoulder of Mt. Byng (See 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 E 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.


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...

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