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

Kona nearing Wilcox Ridge in mid-August, Mounts Athabasca and Andromeda behind.

Kona – Wilcox Ridge – Snow Dome

Kona at Wilcox Ridge, Mounts Snow Dome and Kitchener behind, right of Columbia Glacier.

Princess – Wilcox Ridge

Princess the hiking cat on Wilcox Ridge checking out Boundary Peak, Mount Athabasca and Mount Andromeda behind.

Poutine – Wilcox Ridge

Poutine the cat on Wilcox Ridge not so sure about Kona – view to the south

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).