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Tilley Peak Ski Ascent (Wapta Icefield)
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.25 - 22:26:46
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Wapta Icefield
  (1 days)
Participants: Ben Doubroff, Brett Logan
Difficulty: 2: Class 2 Ridge, Glacier Travel
From Peyto Hut, Make a long rising traverse to the Baker - Tilley Col. Watch out for Crevasses. Hike over snow and rock along S ridge to summit.
It's the last day of our Roger's Pass / Rockies Ski Trip and people are shuffling around the Peyto Hut via headlamp at 6am. Ben and I are deep in our sleeping bags, not at all abiding by the alpine start. The hut too loud to sleep, we rise and pour the rest of our ground coffee into a nice stovetop Bialetti espresso maker courtesy of the ACC. Equipped with some fancy homemade dehydrated food from a guide in Canmore, our breakfast is a huge pile of ham, eggs, and veggies, although when we hit the icefield no amount of energy can revitalize my tired legs. This is day 6 in a row and I feel beached like a poor whale.

Ben leads us due W away from the hut until we can make an ascending traverse NW without losing any elevation. Soon we're standing at the base of the headwall below the Baker - Tilley Col. I offer to lead as trail must be broken and immediately regret the decision. Rockies' snow means variety; every 6 feet you transition from powder to ice to wind slabs then start again. We crawl up a subsidiary ridge towards the E face of Mt. Baker then swing N to reach the icy col. Time is about 2 hours from the hut. Turning towards Baker (our initial objective) we see an icy face leading to a narrow corniced ridge leading to a peak lost in cloud. Turning towards Tilley we see a sunny peak that is nothing more than a hike. It's a pretty easy decision. Although possible to ski the S face of Tilley, we'd heard from another party in the hut of instabilities the day previous on S facing terrain. We leave the skis, rope, and packs at the col and bootpack up to the summit where somehow there is an old metal barrel that stands as the cairn.

With the Wapta Icefield spread out below us we feel like the small creatures in the vast universe that we are. Back at the skis, there is...

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