Mount Alexandra continued
The lower part of the route was enjoyable scrambling up snow-free slabs and ledges.
Time for a snack. We started from camp by headlamp about 5 a.m. and a bite of Powerbar or sandwich is eagerly anticipated now.
Crossing a snow slope higher up on the route with wispy cloud drifting around. Behind us is Mount Whiterose, which yields a fantastic undulating traverse along beautiful snow aretes. Whiterose traverse was even more fun than climbing Alexandra. The five Lyell Peaks were just to our east, too. Other big peaks visible from Alexandra include North Twin and Columbia. (Assuming it isn't cloudy)
Getting closer to the top; the snow was excellent for step kicking at this height but my lungs are feeling the elevation. I'll take another picture to stall and catch my breath...
By golly, they're catching up. I'd better quit dawdling.
Here is our summit (sans moi) shot in the cloud. L-R are Andy, Sim , Russ and Gary.We didn't dare walk to the very highest point as it could have been an overhanging cornice. We didn't want to step through and descend that fast. We really were on top, though. Really. Our time was 6 hours from camp to summit.
Descent was uneventful (just the way a descent should be) and we were back in camp by supper time, happy we had climbed another of the 52 Canadian Rockies 11000-ers (even if we did cheat and use the 'chopper).
Mount Alexandra, north of Golden, British Columbia, is a fine mountaineering objective in the Canadian Rockies and is infrequently climbed. The exception was 1998 when the Alpine Club of Canada held a general mountaineering camp there. In August 2001 we helicoptered in for a week, but the mountain can also be reached by an 8 hour day of bushwhacking from the logging road in Rice Brook from Bush River. Note, however, that of the few who have gone in on foot, none would ever willingly repeat the ordeal.
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