Athabasca Glacier (615 m elev. gain)

Kona – Mt. Athabasca

Kona at edge of glacier with climbers’ tracks to either Silverhorn or North Face routes. Some fresh snow in late August.

Kona – Athabasca Glacier

Following the moraine along the edge of the glacier. Silverhorn climbers’ route angling to the right and topping out at the pyramid shape, main summit to the left above the north face mixed ice / rock route.

Tarn on Athabasca

Reflection of the mountain in a tarn near the top of the hike.

Kona – Columbia Icefields

View back down the ridge / moraine at the Columbia Icefields Centre and Mount Wilcox and Wilcox Ridge beyond.

Kona – Boundary Peak

Boundary Peak covered in fresh snow.

Kona – Stairs on Athabasca

Some building materials at the “bivy shelter” at the top of the climbers’ approach trail. Mount Kitchener in background.

Athabasca – Silverhorn 1985

View from summit ridge of the Silverhorn route on Athabasca in 1985 with the small tarn and approach route along moraine / ridge just visible at lower right. Icefields Centre and Mt. Wilcox at right.


Wilcox Ridge (450 m elev. gain)

Kona Wilcox Ridge Snow Dome Mt. Kitchener Columbia Icefield Jasper National Park
Kona on Wilcox Ridge, Snow Dome and Mt. Kitchener behind

Kona near top of Wilcox Ridge in late June with glaciated Snow Dome and Mt. Kitchener behind.

Kona Columbia Icefield Wilcox Ridge
Kona on Wilcox Ridge, Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield below

Below, at end of hike with Mt. Athabasca in clouds, Mt. Andromeda (“Skyladder snow / ice climb on right hand ridge), Athabasca glacier, Columbia Icefield, and shoulder of Snow Dome at right.

plein air painting Wilcox Ridge
Plein air painting on Wilcox Ridge

Kona patiently waiting while her “dad” sketches, Boundary Peak left of Mt. Athabasca.

KJT Paintings Summer 93-34 Athabasca Alpenglow
Athabasca Alpenglow 12″ x 16″ oil circa 1993 KJT

Impression of early morning start to Mt. Athabasca north face route climb in the 1980’s, by Kona’s “dad” (sold circa 1994).

Boundary Peak (880 m gain)

Boundary Peak & Mt Athabasca Aug 09 061
Buddy with Kirsten and Karin on way up Boundary Peak

Buddy (9 yrs) with ‘sisters’ Kirsten and Karin on way up Boundary Peak, impressive views of Mt. Athabasca with North Face, Silverhorn and standard North Glacier (approach and descent) Routes.

Boundary Peak & Mt Athabasca Aug 09 075
Buddy on Boundary Peak – Mt. Athabasca behind

Buddy on summit of Boundary Peak, view of the East Ridge of Athabasca, North Face, Silverhorn and Standard ascent / descent route.

Mt Athabasca N Face Aug 31 86-34 British Army Climbers on Silverhorn
North Face route on Mt. Athabasca Aug 31 1986

View of Silverhorn route (in sun) from North Face route in 1986. Snow Dome (hydrographic, tri-oceanic apex of North America) in background.

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Silverhorn route on Mt. Athabasca July 27 1985

Boundary Peak from Silverhorn route on Mt. Athabasca in 1985.