Originally planning to head into BC, the great weather reports for Calgary and area over the long weekend convinced us to try something closer and we settled on Birdwood via Lizzy's Ridge with possibly some playing around on Burstall Slabs as well.
A late start (due to too much Friday evening and not enough Friday night) had us hiking during the afternoon up the mostly-pleasant (and very, very busy) Burstall Pass trail. We had the good fortune of spotting a Grizzly on the avalanche slopes near the pass and spent some time watching him (or her) rip up the slopes for tasty root treats; awesome!
We continued slightly above the meadows until we found a water-source from a melting snowpatch and made camp. While cooking dinner, a group a backpackers joined us to warn us of the Grizzly, who had startled them galloping past their group at the pass, heading into the next valley. They then chose to camp nearby, not wanting to continue their plan by following the bear.
: We woke up to a beautiful morning and the swarms of mosquitoes that lie in wait for warm climbers. A quick bit of porridge and we were off to the base by just after 0800, which turned out to be many, many hours too late.
Working our way up ramps and breaks on the left side of the ridge, we roped up after about 250m of climbing, all on decent rock. The rock improved to excellent as we followed the ridge for the next several hours. Belays were, as promised, sound ... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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