Nevertheless, a pleasant, although longer, route is possible up the back side of Boom. One starts up the valley about 3.3 km SW of the Boom Lake parking area; locally this pretty little area is know as Chickadee Valley (see map 82 N/1 Mount Goodsir). Although one can turn right (N) after two or three kilometres, as did the Dominion Survey, who made the first ascent in 1903, and ascend the S slopes, an approach less likely to be complicated by cliffbands can be made by continuing some 5.8 km to the head of the valley, at which point one turns N and ascends 1350 feet to a small, larch-covered col at 7550 feet at GR 631/779 on 82 N/8 (Lake Louise). At the col one turns again to the right (E) and bashes up scree and over a series of false summits for 1500 feet and 2 km to the true summit. A very pleasant day of a little over 18 km total distance and 3700 feet of elevation gain.
However, on December 17, 1988, five of us: Bob Saunders, Reg Bonney, Chris Thorsteinsson, Alan Kane, and Rick Collier -- decided to try this ascent route (plus a different return)... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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