Popes Prospect (800 m elev. gain)

Kona Mt. Lefroy Popes Prospect Abbott Pass ACC Hut Mt. Victoria The Death-Trap Glacier Banff National Park
Kona on Popes Prospect. Mt. Lefroy, Abbott Pass and ACC Hut, Mt. Victoria. “The Death-Trap” glacier below.

Kona on upper ridge of Popes Prospect with Mt. Lefroy, Abbott Pass and ACC Hut at col, and Mt. Victoria at right in early August. Popes Prospect was the viewpoint for Lawren Harris’ (Canadian Group of Seven) iconic Mt. Lefroy paintings per Lisa Christensen’s book “A Hiker’s Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris”.

Kona Popes Prospect The Mitre Mt. Aberdeen Mt. Lefroy Deltaform Mtn. Banff National Park Lake Louise
Kona on Popes Prospect with The Mitre between Mt. Aberdeen and Mt. Lefroy

View towards The Mitre between Mt. Aberdeen and Mt. Lefroy (Deltaform Mtn. in far distance).

Kona Popes Prospect Lake Louise Fairview Mtn. Haddo Peak Mt. Aberdeen Aberdeen Glacier Banff National Park
Kona on Popes Prospect view to Lake Louise with Fairview Mtn. above the lake and Aberdeen Glacier upper right

View back to Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise with Fairview Mtn. right of the lake and portion of Aberdeen glacier below Haddow Peak upper right.

Popes Prospect Mt. Lefroy Abbott Pass ACC Hut Mt. Victoria The Mitre Lake Louise Banff National Park
ACC climbers on way to Mt. Collier passing Popes Prospect Sept 23, 1993

ACC climbers passing by Popes Prospect on way to Mt. Collier via North Victoria / Collier col Sept 25, 1993.

Mt. Victoria Popes Prospect Lake Louise Plain of The Six Glaciers Banff National Park Fairview Mtn.
Descending towards Popes Prospect from Victoria North / Collier col Aug 20 1986

Popes Prospect is the talus slope just left of the climber from descent of Mt. Victoria N. Aug 20, 1986.

Abbott Pass ACC Hut The Death-Trap Mt. Lefroy Mt. Victoria
View back to Abbott Pass and ACC Hut from ACC group ascent of Mt. Lefroy June 25 1983

ACC Abbott Pass Hut at left from an early season ACC group Mt. Lefroy climb June 25, 1983. Mt. Victoria S. slopes and “The Death-Trap” behind.

The Mitre Popes Prospect Plain of the Six Glaciers Lake Louise Popes Peak Mt. Collier Mt. Whyte
View towards Plain of The Six Glaciers and Popes Prospect from The Mitre Aug 20, 1993.

View towards Popes Prospect, talus slopes above the green patch at upper left, below the leftmost peak, Mt. Collier from The Mitre Aug 20, 1993. Popes Peak right of Mt. Collier and Mt. Whyte just right of centre.

Popes Prospect Lake Louise
Popes Prospect above Plain of The Six Glaciers and teahouse from Mt. Whyte Aug 2014

Another view of Popes Prospect (top of talus slopes just in front of closest glacier on Mt. Victoria) from Mt. Whyte Aug 10, 2014. “The Sickle” snow / ice formation on the Victoria ridge is located at the large notch in the heavily glaciated section of the ridge just above Abbott Pass. Close-up below:

Sickle Mt Vic Aug20 1983
“The Sickle” on Mt. Victoria with Mt. Lefroy and Abbott Pass behind Aug 20 1983


Snow Peak (900 m elev. gain)

Kona Snow Peak Mt. Smuts Mt. Smutwood Kananaskis
Kona on Snow Peak with Mt. Smuts behind

Kona on Snow Peak on the August long weekend, with Smutwood Peak, Mt. Shark, Mt. Smuts, The Fist and ridge of Mt. Birdwood behind.

Gusty Peak The Fortress Mt. Chester Chester Lake Snow Peak Kananasksis
The Fortress, with Gusty Peak at left and Mt. Chester at right, Chester Lake in shadow from Snow Peak

One of many interesting views from Snow Peak – Gusty Peak, The Fortress and Mt. Chester.

Mt. Sir Douglas Snow Peak Whistling Rock Ridge Burstall Pass Peak Kananaskis Mt. Robertson
Mt. Sir Douglas from Snow Peak

Mt. Sir Douglas, one of the approximately 50 11,000-foot peaks in the Canadian Rockies, with Zeke’s Peak and Whistling Rock ridge on the left and easy Burstall Pass Peak just right of the pass.

Mt. Sir Douglas Snow Peak Burstall Pass Peak Whistling Rock Ridge Mt. Birdwood Mt. Smuts Mt. Smutwood
View toward Snow Peak and Burstall Pass from Mt. Sir Douglas Aug 22 1986

View along Whistling Rock Ridge of Burstall Pass and Snow Peak, left of towering Mt. Birdwood taken from summit of Sir Douglas Aug 22, 1986. Shark, Smuts, Pig’s Tail, Commonwealth, The Fist, Burstall and Piggy Plus also visible.


Another canine friend on way up to the pass (sorry, can’t remember his name). Burstall Pass Peak behind.

Snow Peak in Thunderstorm
Thunderstorm with hail over Snow Peak

Glad to be off the peak with thunderstorm (Kona’s worst nightmare) and hail on the way.

Wiwaxy Gap (950 m elev. gain)

Kona Wiwaxy Gap Mt. Biddle Mt. Hungabee Yukness Mtn. Lake O'Hara Yoho National Park
Kona at Wiwaxy Gap Mt. Biddle behind

A welcome snow patch at the col between Wiwaxy Peaks and Mt. Huber at end of July after about 13.5 km of hiking from the parking lot. Mt. Hungabee at left, Yukness Mtn.(dark triangular shape), Mt. Biddle and Gunsight Peak above Opabin plateau behind centre and right.

Lake Oesa Wiwaxy Gap Kona Mt. Lefroy Glacier Peak Ringrose Peak Mt. Hungabee Yukness Mtn. Lake O'Hara
Lake Oesa from Wiwaxy Gap with Lefroy, Glacier, Ringrose, Hungabee and Yukness surrounding it.

View of Lake Oesa with Lefroy, Glacier, Ringrose, Hungabee, and Yukness in front.

Wiwaxy Gap Lake O'Hara Lake Oesa Glacier Peak Ringrose Peak Mt. Hungabee Yukness Mtn. Mt. Biddle Opabin Plateau
Plein Air Sketching at Wiwaxy Gap

Perfect weather and scenery for working on an oil sketch.

Mt. Schaffer Lake O'Hara Wiwaxy Gap Park Mtn. Mt. Owen
Mt. Schaffer and Lake O’Hara from Wiwaxy Gap trail

View to Lake O’Hara with Mt. Schaffer (end of the long NW ridge of Biddle), Park Mtn. west of Lake McArthur (hidden) just behind, and Mt. Owen at right.

Kona Lake Oesa Wiwaxy Gap Lake O'Hara
Kona approaching Lake Oesa from Wiwaxy Gap

Approaching Lake Oesa on way down.

Lake Oesa Wiwaxy Peaks Wiwaxy Gap
Wiwaxy Peaks and Gap reflection in Lake Oesa in 1993

Wiwaxy Peaks and Gap from far shore of Lake Oesa, July 1993.

Wiwaxy Gap Mt. Hungabee Lake O'Hara Mt. Huber Odaray Mtn.
View of Wiwaxy Gap from Mt. Hungabee August 18 1986

View of Wiwaxy Peaks and Gap (behind climber) from near summit of Mt. Hungabee, Aug 18, 1986. Schaffer, Odaray, Stephen, Cathedral behind with Huber at right.

Lake Oesa Mt. Huber Mt. Hungabee
View of Lake Oesa from Mt. Huber Aug 9 1986

View of Mt. Hungabee and Ringrose Peak above Lake Oesa from ascent of Huber Aug 9, 1986. Deltaform Mtn. and Mt. Neptuak in Valley of the Ten Peaks to left of Hungabee.





The Onion (1000 m elev. gain)


Bella (8 years) from Prince George on slopes below The Onion in late July with Wapta Icefield behind. Crossed two streams on the way up to avoid the difficult “chockstone”.


The Onion Iceberg Lake Mt. Thompson Portal Peak Mt. Jimmy Simpson Banff National Park Wapta Icefield Bow Lake
Iceberg Lake from the Onion

Iceberg Lake, the source of Bow Glacier Falls, Mt Thompson at left with Portal Peak in front. Mt. Jimmy Simpson in centre. Observation Peak at distant right and Bow Lake below.

Plein Air Painting St. Nicholas Peak Mt. Olive Wapta Icefield The Onion
Plein air painting St. Nicholas Peak

Popular Wapta Icefield climbs, Mt. Olive, St. Nicholas Peak, and Mt. Gordon.

Mt. Olive St. Nicholas Peak Wapta Icefield Mt. Thompson Portal Peak The Onion
Descending Mt. Olive North toward Olive / St. Nicholas col April 5, 1986

Descending Mt. Olive North looking toward St. Nicholas Peak, Mt. Thompson and Portal Peak above The Onion April 5, 1986.

Mt. Thompson St. Nicholas Peak Mt. Olive Wapta Icefield
View toward The Onion St. Nicholas Peak and Mt. Olive from Mt. Thompson March 8 1986

On Mt. Thompson ski ascent from Peyto Hut March 1986. St. Nick and Olive behind.

The Onion St. Nicholas Peak Mt. Olive Mt. Gordon Wapta Icefield
Ski Ascent of The Onion from Bow Lake circa 1990

Spring ski trip from Bow Lake to The Onion before we knew it had a name. St. Nicholas Peak behind.

Bow Lake Crowfoot Mtn. Observation Peak Wapta Icefield
Bow Lake, Crowfoot Mtn. and Wapta Icefield with The Onion from Observation Peak June 1985

View of Bow Lake from Observation Peak June 1985 with The Onion, St. Nicholas Peak and Mt. Olive just below the climber. Crowfoot Mtn. and glacier at left above lake.

Mt. Jimmy Simpson The Onion St. Nicholas Peak
View of St. Nicholas Peak and The Onion above Iceberg Lake from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

View of The Onion and Iceberg Lake below St. Nicholas Peak from Mt. Jimmy Simpson in 2011. Mt. Olive and Mt. Balfour at left, glacier-covered Mt. Gordon and Portal Peak at right.


Wind Ridge (820 m elev. gain)

Kona Wind Ridge Rimwall Summit Mt. Lougheed Kananaskis
Kona on Upper Slopes of Wind Ridge above the Cloud Bank

Rimwall Summit poking through the clouds on the way up, nearing the ridge top in late July.

Kona Wind Ridge Mt. Lougheed Wind Tower West Wind Creek
Kona on Wind Ridge with Lougheed Peaks and Wind Tower behind

Wind Tower and the four Lougheed peaks (peak 4 later renamed Wind Mountain, although the Lougheed viewpoint information at the trail head refers to the Lougheed Massive’s five summits, so includes number 4). A peak west of Banff was originally named Mt. Lougheed before the name was transferred to these supposedly more prestigious-looking peaks in the 1940’s. For some reason the original Mt. Lougheed remains without an official name. Mt. Allan at extreme left.

Wind Ridge Rimwall Summit The Orphan
View SW along Wind Ridge towards Rimwall Summit and The Orphan

View towards Rimwall Summit and to the right “The Orphan.” Big Sister out of frame to the right.


“Timmy”, one of five other dogs we met ascending the trail on our way down.

Wind Ridge Mt. Lougheed Wind Mountain Kananaskis Canmore Bow Valley
View of Wind Ridge from below Lougheed Peak 4 (Wind Mtn.) on Lougheed Peak 1-to-4 Traverse July 22, 1989

View of Wind Ridge, Bow Valley and Grotto Mtn. from steep and loose slopes of Lougheed Peak4 (Wind Mountain) on a long day traverse of the four peaks July 22, 1989.

Wind Ridge Rimwall Summit Grotto Mtn. Bow Valley Canmore
Wind Ridge from Rimwall Summit with Grotto Mtn. behind.

Wind Ridge from ridge of Rimwall Summit June 25, 2017. Grotto Mtn. behind across Bow Valley.