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An Ascent of Bobac Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.22 - 06:10:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Murchison Group
  (3 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Rick Collier
Difficulty: 2: Moderate scramble
A straightforward ascent of Bobac Peak as part of a three-day trip into the Dolomite Pass and Alice Lake area.
On August 21, 1993, Mardy Roberts and Rick Collier hiked in from the Helen Creek parking area, under dreary cloud and with intermittent rain, past Helen Lake and over Dolomite Pass; we arrived at Alice Lake, 1.2 km E of and 500' above the Dolomite Trail and about 2 km NW of the pass itself, about 5:30pm. Our camp area was rather charming, with level meadows and a pretty lake amidst boulders and moss-hung craggy walls.

We were off on the 22nd at a disreputably late start time, but made our way easily up the wide valley to the E and then, after a kilometre and 300' elevation gain, NW for another 450' up scree and through a collection of house-sized boulders to a small depression lake (not noted as containing water on the topo) - GR 439/305 on 82 N/9 (Hector Lake). Moderate scrambling and some snow on a headwall, plus a few hundred feet of scree and slab, led us to the summit of Bobac Mt. (10,130') at GR 436/314 about noon, where we found the Kodak register placed by our friends Bob Saunders, Reg Bonney, and Graham Law some years before; we left a more substantial register, and included the contents of the Kodak record within, before descending.

Bobac was first climbed in July of 1966 by William Putnam, David Michael, and L.R. Wallace via a long snow gully on the N side, a traverse of a rotten rock ridge to the E, and then back N on firm limestone to the summit. Bobac is the Polish word for marmot, of which there is a plenitude in the area; according to Glen Boles in "Place Names of the Canadian Alps," these critters may have been unintentionally fed by "wind-blown watermelon seeds" scattered by the first ascent party on an earlier...

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