The trail E up Aurora is on the left-hand side of the stream (true right) and has recently been improved. It's about 4 km up the creek to the headwall and then 3.5 km up the headwall to the alpine meadows above (and the old Marvel Pass cabin) and then on to Marvel Pass (GR 004/327 on 82 J/13 - Mount Assiniboine), with a gain of about 1600' in elevation. The Marvel Pass is an incredible place, dotted with little lakes and streams, laced with flowered meadows and larches, and with fine views down Owl Creek.
Despite a hard, cold, but brief rain, we set off NE toward Marvel Peak about 3.3 km away (See Marvel) -- down 250' to the central lake, then up open treed slopes and a wide spine of rock toward the secondary summit (GR 015/341); instead of climbing to the apex at 8350', we traversed about 200' below and around this lower summit on the right (S) side and then dropped 300' down to a second col. Miserable scree led up to a stegosaurus ridge itself climbing up to the summit; but it was clear that the scrambling higher up on this ridge would be more demanding that we wished to deal with.
Instead we traversed on the S side of the peak around towers and down couloirs to a point where we could climb back up to our previous elevation; but here, especially with the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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