The ski approach starts at the pull-out for the old gauging station on the Banff-Jasper highway about 12.5 km S of the intersection with the David Thompson at Saskatchewan River Crossing. It is important to do this ascent in deep winter, perhaps no later than mid-March, since the first task of the day is to ski across the Mistaya River, which had better be well frozen; if it is not, one might be advised to attempt a different objective.
Once across the Mistaya, head SW for a km and up about 500' through moderate bush to Epaulette Lake (see White Pyramid); ski S across the lake and follow its source stream up the valley for another 2 km to an unnamed pond (GR 200/453 on 82 N/15 - Mistaya Lake). Ascend out of this canyon on the SW, and in 500' of elevation gain reach the middle glacial-retreat plain.
This upper valley splits into two segments, one heading SE toward the spectacular 2500' cliffs of the N faces of Chephren and White Pyramid, the second trending off S. If you wish to do more than get close-up pictures of the ice cliffs, take this more westerly route. The 600' ascent up into this third tier of glacial canyons is steep and can be avalanche-prone,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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