Victoria Glacier (940 m elev. gain)

Kona – Victoria Glacier

Kona eating her kibbles at a cool spot on the scree covered glacier with 30C+ temperatures in the valley below. Interesting view of Mount Fay in the gap across three valleys (Plain of Six Glaciers, Paradise, and Ten Peaks. Mount Temple looming over shoulder of Aberdeen, and Pinnacle Peak just behind shoulder of The Mitre behind shoulder of Lefroy.

Kona – Abbott Pass

View of Abbott Pass from high moraine with Lefroy on left and Victoria on right.

ACC Abbott Hut

Close-up of Alpine Club of Canada Abbott Hut, for a long time the highest permanently habitable structure in Canada, before the Neil Colgan hut above Moraine Lake was built.

Kona – Mt. Victoria

Late summer snow patch to cool off on way to toe of glacier. “The Sickle” ice formation on way to Mount Victoria South summit visible on ridge behind.

Kona and Koji – Glacier Viewpoint

Koji on glacier viewpoint trail from Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. “The Deathtrap” approach to Abbott Pass behind.

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.