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Hiking the Bombay Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.16 - 09:52:38
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Helen Sovdat, Kevin (guides), Klaus Haring and about 10 others
Difficulty: 4: Scrambling and easy glacier travel with one difficult pitch
Scrambling and easy glacier travel loop trip
The Bombay Traverse was the easiest hike on this years Alpine Club of Canada General Mountaineering Camp. Well it wasn't really a hike and it wasn't that easy. There was no easy access to the lower summits south of the valley. You always had to negotiate the cliffband in the southern valley wall. This involved zigzagging up a series of ledges and short gullies to the crux, a steep slabby section where the guides belayed us up. [photo]P1090083.JPG[caption]The difficult pitch[/photo]

[photo]P1090084.JPG[caption]Magic Lake[/photo]

Above that we walked around Magic Lake and up diagonally to the east, then south over complex rocky terrain. This was unroped scrambling. After a few small snow patches we reached a flat rock ridge at the edge of rhe glacier, littered with heli ski stakes. There we roped up again for the short traverse to the saddle between Bombay and Wiser Peak. [photo]P1090088.JPG[caption]In the tarn near where we roped up was a strange submerged iceshelf[/photo]

[photo]P1090090.JPG[caption]Approaching the saddle[/photo]

Before the camp I remembered that I had been at a ski camp just east of there long ago. That time we toured to Joy Peak and skied the Magic Carpet Glacier. I believe the names were bestowed by the heli skiers. Looking down from the saddle, our access route looked frightfully steep. This time we then had an easy undulating ridge walk north to Bombay Peak. [photo]P1090093.JPG[caption]The ridge with cornice remnants[/photo]

On the summit we had a long lunch break while we watched the Wiser party descending. It was partly cloudy with the highest peaks shrouded. We got only fractual glimpses of the dark summit fang of Hallam Peak. We then descended the west ridge to the edge of the glacier where we had roped up. It was fairly...

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