Mt. Fairview (1,000 m elev gain)

Kona – Saddleback

Reaching the Saddleback with Mt. Temple behind. Larches beginning to turn in mid-September.

Kona – Mt. Fairview

On lower slopes of Fairview with Aberdeen Glacier behind.

Kona – Mt. Fairview

On Mt. Fairview with Mt. Aberdeen, Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria behind.

Mont des Poilus

Surprise view of Mont des Poilus in Yoho Valley and Mt. Niles from Fairview.

Kona – Mt. Fairview

Not many four-legged visitors up here.

Mt. Fairview 1988

Glaciers and mountain apparel styles have both deteriorated in 33 years.


Mt. St. Piran (900 m elev. gain)

Kona – St. Piran

Kona on Mt. St. Piran with Mt. Temple behind Sheol / Haddo ridge and Devil’s Thumb in foreground. Alternate route up Devil’s Thumb is the scree gully at the left (Kona’s Afi went up and down it after traversing from St. Piran to Niblock in July 1993.) Aberdeen glacier at upper right. Mt. Aberdeen used to be one of the three mixed snow/ice climbs required for full membership in the ACC (Alpine Club of Canada).

Mt. Aberdeen 15 Sept 85

Mt. Aberdeen upper glacier from ACC climb in Sept 1985.

Kona – Treat on St. Piran

Kona getting the standard MacD’s apple pie treat on the top. View of Louise ski slopes with Unity / Pumpkin / Lipalian traverse in distance.

Kona – St. Piran descending to Niblock col

On descent to the Niblock / Piran col leading to valley above Lake Agnes. The Mitre’s pointy peak sticking up in the gap between Mt. Aberdeen and Mt. Lefroy, over the shoulder of Mt. Whyte. Past The Mitre are Neptuak and Wenkchemna in Valley of the Ten Peaks.

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


Abbott Pass painting

“Studio-finished oil sketch of Abbott Pass from Popes Prospect.

Devil’s Thumb (740 m elev. gain)

Kona Devil's Thumb
Kona on ledges below Devil’s Thumb, Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria behind

Kona on ledges above Big Beehive in late June, shoulder of Mt. Aberdeen, The Mitre, Mt. Lefroy, and Mt. Victoria behind (Paradise Valley with Mt. Wenkchemna and shoulder of Mt. Hungabee in gap between The Mitre and Lefroy). Plain of The Six Glaciers below.

Kona Devil's Thumb Lake Louise
Kona on Devil’s Thumb, The Beehive, Lake Louise and Chateau below

Kona on summit of Devil’s Thumb with Little Beehive, Lake Agnes & Teahouse (barely visible), The (Big) Beehive, Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise below.

plein air painting Devil's Thumb
Plein air painting on Devil’s Thumb

Nice view for sketching.

Lake Agnes, The Beehive and Devil’s Thumb July 25, 1993

View of Devil’s Thumb (at right) with Lake Agnes and The Beehive on a traverse of Mount St. Piran, Mount Niblock and Devil’s Thumb (via scree gulley at right) July 25, 1993.

Mount Fairview (1000 m elevation gain)


Kona (1-1/2 yr) and “sister” Karin on Mount Fairview. Mts. Haddo Peak, Mount Aberdeen, Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria (Lake Louise peaks) in background.

Buddy on Mount Fairview
Buddy on Mount Fairview

Buddy (9 years) on Mount Fairview. Mount Victoria, Mount Collier, Unnamed, Popes Peaks, and Mount Whyte behind.