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1966 Ascent of Mount Athabaska
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.04 - 23:36:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Columbia Icefield
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Cliff Jennings 1 other employee
Difficulty: 4: Ice axe, rope, crampons required
Early morning start from staff accommodations, walk up to Brewster parking then up onto glacier & peak ridge
We started this trip very early on the day after the climb up Andromeda 1966 ascent of Mt Andromeda where we were able to scout the possible route (see first photo).
[photo]Andromeda12viewoflodge.JPG[caption]Andromeda 12 view of lodge[/photo] We walked up to the Brewster Tours parking lot, then climbed over the moraine onto the toe of the glacier. We put our crampons on then traversed the flat section of the glacier across to the toe of the icefall. We then roped up & made our way through the crevasses having to zig zag around the big ones. Once we reached the top of the icefall we traversed back across to the steep gullies leading up to the ridgeline.
[photo]MtAthabaska02.jpg[caption]Mt Athabaska 02 (above staff housing)[/photo] This photo taken from the lower part of Wilcox Pass shows Mount Athabaska above the staff housing we lived in while working for Brewster Tours. We ascended onto the saddle then followed the ridge line to the peak.
[photo]MtAthabaska03.jpg[caption]Mt Athabaska 03 (cornices)[/photo] We had to skirt around these cornices to get to the final ridge to the summit. We then took the same route back...
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