To be honest, I had mixed feelings about doing my last Athabasca Glacier ski mountaineering approach. It's true that this approach is full of objective hazards and I've been extremely lucky not to have had a single bad experience through the icefalls, but it's also a gorgeous area with rock, snow, ice, wind, clouds and sun all competing for attention as skiers skin up steep snow, through crevasses, and under towering ridges of snow and ice a vertical kilometer above, staring coldly down at them as they thread their way through it's hard, blue detritus. It's an area that hundreds and hundreds of visitors to our beautiful country gaze towards every day and wonder who the heck goes up to that forbidding place and actually enjoys themselves whilst doing it! Of course, nothing is stopping me from going back to do repeats, but generally I enjoy a mountain once and then move on to something else.
I've been up the Athabasca Glacier a number of times over the past years. Most times the weather has been good (because why the heck would you... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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