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A Stormy Ascent of Spring-Rice
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.20 - 04:09:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1250m
Participants: Rick Collier, Rick Cowburn, John Adams, Darren
Difficulty: 3: Mostly easy glacier travel; some steep and icy sections near summit, made less pleasant by nasty weather
Some quick notes on climbing Mount Spring-Rice
We set off from the ACC section camp on South Rice Brook in gray and uninspiring weather and climbed for the first time the dreaded 1100' headwall - some minor scramble moves, but lots of cairns to keep one on the straight and narrow. A minor cliff band (where often a rappel is set up) presents a bit of exposure. A bit of glacial debris and lingering snow patches, and one is on the lower tongue of the South Rice glacier, where miraculously the cloud cleared for a few moments: See Whiterose. Here's a three photos of what our objective woud look like under more merciful conditions: SpringRice2 , SpringRice, and Queant.
Then a long walk over ice and snow in increasingly inclement weather to the high ridge running from Queant to Spring Rice; this might be the easiest way up Queant. Rain, wind, and white-out lashed us all the way to the icy summit block, which steepened up enough to offer some challenge to the finish - rocks, ice, and a cornice (See Summit).
Once off the summit, weather conditions began to improve the more elevation we lost....
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