Bellevue Hill II
March 26, 2017
height: 2116 m
Elevation gain: 814 m
Round-trip time: 5:30
with Raff, Joanna and Sonny.
sure what I was thinking when I wrote, “the traverse to the true
summit may be somewhat anti-climatic”. In fact, the ridgewalk to
the top of this “Hill” is fantastic. It perhaps took some
appreciative company to bring that fact to light.
continues to keep me on my toes by bringing surprise guests on many
of our trips. I was elated to see Joanna and Sonny climb out of the
car when they arrived.
initial plan, to try an unknown route up the northeast side of
Bellevue Hill, was thwarted when we found out that a prescribed burn
was in progress near the trailhead and thus we would not be allowed
to park there. As such, we turned our attention to the “normal”
route up Bellevue, which, of course, at this time of the year would
require a 4 km walking approach to get to the start.
the easy and pleasant approach, we picked a path up, somewhere
between and south ridge and east face. It turned out to be an
excellent route. Joanna (who had run a half marathon the day before)
led the way, avoiding all the potential bushwhacking and taking us
quickly to the ridge.
stated, the ridgewalk to the summit was awesome – great views,
great rock scenery and great company! Raff and Joanna did their
ritual headstand at the summit (my head can withstand the weight of a
moderately sized hat, but nothing more!) and then Joanna surprised us
with peanut butter and strawberry Oreo's (could this day get any
descent we took a slightly different route than our ascent route –
direct and fast! An awesome day out! Thanks for the excellent company
Raff, Joanna and Sonny.
A morning view of Mount Galwey, with the route we intended to take up Bellevue at the left.
Instead we walked the road......
.....until a terrifying bear encounter (photo by Raff)
Sonny scales a retaining wall. Wire mesh is my new, favourite handhold!
Joanna reaches some interesting rock
Here comes Sonny. Ruby Ridge in the background.
Joanna and Mount Galwey
Joanna ascends more interesting rock
The classic run in with twisted, dead trees
Sonny bravely tests a cornice
Starting the fantastic ridgewalk to the summit
Sofa, Vimy, Cleveland and the Waterton Lakes are constant companions for the ridgewalk
The prescribed burn is big enough to be clearly visible from the ridge
Raff photographs the burn
Sweet Waterton Rock!
A cool section of red argillite
Good, firm snow made travel a little easier
Descending the next false summit, with the true summit at the right
Smoke from the burn
Raff on the snow
That's a big chunk of burned grass!
Joanna waits for us at the summit
Raff finishes the ascent
Sonny at the summit
Oreo heaven at the summit! (photo by Raff)
Great form! (photo by Sonny)
A happy and colourful summit quartet (photo by Sonny)
A final look at the view before descending