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


Fairview Mtn. & Saddle Mtn. (1100m combined elev. gain)


Kona and friends on Fairview Mtn. in mid-July, Mt. Hector in distance.

Kona Saddle Mtn. Paradise Valley Lake Annette Mt. Temple Pinnacle Mtn. Eiffel Peak Wastach Peak Neptuak Mtn. Sheol Mtn.
Kona on Saddle Mtn., view of Mt. Temple, Lake Annette and Paradise Valley

On Saddle Mtn. with view up Paradise Valley – Mt. Temple, Lake Anette, Pinnacle Mtn., Eiffel Peak, Neptuak Mtn., Wastach Peak. “The Dolphin” climbing route visible directly below the summit of Temple, right of the North Ridge route.

plein air painting Saddle Mtn. Sheol Mtn. Haddow Peak Lake Louise
Sketching on Saddle Mtn.

Trying to plein air sketch under brisk conditions. Sheol Mtn. and Haddow Peak behind.

Little Temple Peak Fairview Mtn. Saddle Mtn. Mt. Whyte Mt. Niblock Sheol Mtn. Haddo Peak
Fairview Mtn. and Saddle Mtn. from Little Temple Peak

View across Paradise Valley from Little Temple Peak in 2011 of scree-sloped Fairview Mtn. and cliffs of Saddle Mtn. below and to the right. Sheol Mtn. and Haddow Peak at left. Mt. Whyte and Mt. Niblock at centre skyline.

Memorial plaque on Mt. Victoria Aug 1983

View of Fairview Mtn. right of Lake Louise from Mt. Victoria summit Aug 1983. The plaque memorializes four Mexican mountaineers who lost their lives descending Mt. Victoria in July 1954.