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... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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