The Athabasca River trail leads to the Chaba River, then Fortress Lake. The route was a bit less "well traveled" thereafter; [px]BearPrint.jpg[c]visitors[/px] were uncommon. However, the Chaba River has fine gravel bars and, after some wading, bushwhacking, napping, and six fords (at which the moose seemed to be naturals), we found vestiges of the old ACC trail east of the narrows in the Chaba's east fork; now just head up for 3,300 feet. Shortly (2.5 days overall) we were camped and drying boots at about 8,300', below the north ridge of Dais Mountain with a nice view of Dais' west face.
The benches and meadows on the west flank of Dais Mountain are spectacular, the vistas grand. Sundial Mountain looks particularly nice, Tsar Mountain stands proud beyond the Chaba Glacier, Chaba Peak and Listening Mountain are nearby. We wandered north towards Mount Quincy, but at about 10,200' we were stopped by a deep saddle adorned with rubble gargoyles and ice-fed waterfalls. It was quite easy to turn the north side of Dais Mountain for a look at, what was then, our purpose in life - the northeast face of Dais. Unfortunately, after some concentrated binocular work and listening, we decided we wanted either more ice, or better rock - we left the northeast face route for somebody else.
We did ascend Dais Mountain by the 1927 SE face/S ridge; it seemed to be rarely visited. The route is [px]DaisDescent.jpg[c]3rd class[/px] and care should be taken in... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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