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Ski Ascent of Andromeda SW2 (Androlumbia)
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.15 - 00:27:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Columbia Icefield
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1350m
Participants: Ben N, Steve S, Vern D
Difficulty: 3: Ski and glacier mountaineering exposed to hazards such as avalanches, seracs and crevasses.
A great ski trip up one of the more insignificant summits on the expansive Columbia Icefield.
After approaching and climbing Mount Columbia in a long 17 hour day, the day before, we woke up to a gloriously clear sky on Sunday April 19th. After packing up camp we headed back across the trench. While Ben and Steven deviated off our approach track to bag Snow Dome's summit, I continued skiing solo towards the top of the ramp. The day was gorgeous. I felt alone and completely free as I skied under a brilliantly blue sky with a cool wind and warm sun on my face. I skied down towards the top of the ramp and found a perfect camp site under Androlumbia's west slope where we could best take advantage of it's west aspect and north ridge.

I spent the next few hours digging in camp - building a spectacular biffy and kitchen and setting up my mid. I love building winter camps when it's windless, sunny and warm! I worked in my t-shirt, sweating furiously as I dug large blocks of snow to build a wind wall around the north and west sides of our camp. Sitting there drinking a hot cup of coffee while enjoying a chicken sandwich with dutch cheese I reflected how lucky I was to be there, enjoying this wonderful day in this amazing location. Throughout the afternoon I could hear seracs thundering down the steep faces of Snow Dome and Andromeda - reminding me that we needed to ski beneath them on our exit the next day.

[photo]androlumbia014.jpg[caption]Camp is almost done. Andromeda and Androlumbia (R) in the background.[/photo]

As the hours ticked on and Steven and Ben weren't showing up, I began to realize that Andromeda wouldn't be happening for me this day as originally planned. I wasn't too miffed as it was a long shot to begin with. I also wasn't too keen on climbing it solo - and it can be done in a long day trip. I decided to go for a nap instead of worry about more...

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