Popes Prospect (800 m elev. gain)

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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”.

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

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View back to Lake Louise and The Chateau with Mt. Fairview right of the lake and portion of Aberdeen glacier below Mt. Haddow.

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

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ACC Abbott Pass Hut at left from an early season ACC Mt. Lefroy climb June 25, 1983. Mt. Victoria S. slopes behind.

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View towards Popes Prospect, talus slopes above the green patch at upper left, from The Mitre Aug 20, 1993.

Snow Peak (900 m elev. gain)

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Kona on top on the August long weekend, with Smutwood, Smuts, The Fist and ridge of Birdwood behind.

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

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

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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.

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

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

Wiwaxy Gap (950 m elev. gain)

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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 (dark triangular shape), Mt. Biddle above Opabin plateau behind centre and right.

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

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Perfect weather and scenery for working on an oil sketch.

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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.

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Approaching Lake Oesa on way down.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Wind Ridge (820 m elev. gain)

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

Tower of Babel (450m elev. gain)

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Kona glad to be out of the loose ascent gully by 9am in late July – Moraine Lake below, Peaks Six thru Ten behind with Wenkchemna Pass right of centre and Eiffel Peak on far left.

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The rock sofa pose with Bident and one of the four Quadra peaks and glacier above Consolation Lakes. Panorama Ridge at left and Boom Mountain in centre distance.

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Mount Babel looming over the Tower.