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Arctomys Peak from the Lyell Hut
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.24 - 23:44:30
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Steven S, Ben N, Vern D
Difficulty: 2: General glacier mountaineering and scrambling.
A long day trip from the Lyell Hut that crosses the Lyell Icefield from west to east and then back again!
After approaching the Lyell Hut and ascending Ernest, Edward and Rudolph in one long day from the Valenciennes Road, we spent the morning of June 27, 2015 ascending Christian Peak. Once we descended from Christian Peak and looped back to our traverse tracks from the day before across its south ridge, we decided to give Arctomys Peak a try. I think we all underestimated the amount of effort required to get all the way over to the eastern edge of the Lyell Icefield from the south ridge of Christian Peak. Nevermind the effort to descend another 400 vertical meters before crossing another small icefield and then re-ascending to the summit of Arctomys.

Now reverse it all the way back to the Lyell Hut. Sometimes we are just suckers for punishment. Nobody said being a peakbagger was easy.

As we labored across the Lyell Icefield, further and further from our cozy hut, under a blazing and relentless fireball overhead we engaged in vigorous debates about if we should continue or not. It was a bit comical. At different times, different people were motivated to keep going. Steven initially suggested we try for Arctomys. Then, while he and Ben started leaning away from the effort, I encouraged them to try it. Then I started backing off once I saw the incredible amount of height loss we had to do and Steven was back encouraging us to continue. Ben was right in the middle - sort of wishing he wasn't there and sort of wishing we'd get to the summit already! Eventually we arrived on the eastern edge of the main Lyell Icefield and found ourselves negotiating some sagging bridges to a small icefield leading to the lower west ridge of Arctomys. It was funny, standing at the same height as the peak, looking across all that elevation loss / gain and wondering why the hell we were...

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