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Wedgemount Glacier Recession
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.15 - 05:22:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: My summit climb required route finding along ridge and boulder slopes of west ridge
History of Wedgemount Glacier retreat
On my last hike to Wedgemount Lake I often thought of my first trip to this area when the Wedgemount Glacier still terminated in the lake. I first saw the Wedgemount Glacier from the summit of Wedge Mountain when I climbed it by myself on a safe dryland route along the ridge between Rethel and Wedge Creek and bivouacked west of Parkhurst Mountain above treeline (I made the waypoint track for this route, you can see the waypoints for the trail by klicking view raw gpx). It was apparent that the Glacier calved right into the lake and I had to see that. I already knew about the Wedgemount Lake Trail although I might not have known about the cabin. In any case I did it as a day trip on the next weekend. [photo]img179.jpg[caption]Wedgemount Lake from the summit of Wedge Moutain[/photo]

[photo]img156c.jpg[caption]Wedgemount Glacier in 1971[/photo]

[photo]img159.jpg[caption]The ice front[/photo]

[photo]img160b.jpg[caption]The glacier front in 1971 was very impressive[/photo]

The following winters I went several times to this area on skis. [photo]img187.jpg[caption]Paul Strobl approaching the Wedgemount Glacier in 1972[/photo]

[photo]img188.jpg[caption]Not quite safe! the glacier obviously also calves in winter also.[/photo]

In the following years I visited Wedgemount Lake less frequently and not always with a camera, like 1980 when I led a climb of the Wedge Mountain North arete. See Historic Ascent of Wedge Mountain North Arete Later that same sommer I made a trip to Paternoster Lakes and climbed Mount Cook from there and saw Wedgemount Glacier from high up. See First Visit to Paternoster Lakes near Whistler
  [photo]img094.jpg[caption]Historic View of Wedgemount Glacier[/photo]

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