Elevation gain: 900 m
Ascent time: 5:15
Descent time: 3:45
Ski mountaineering with Mark.
This peak caught our attention after seeing Sonny Bou’s summer trip report from 2003. More recently, however, Raff, Kevin, Jason, JP, and Mike had completed ascents on skis and given our need to improve our AT skills, this seemed to be a good choice.
Our timing for arriving at the
parking lot was fortuitous to say the least. A party of three was just about to
We arrived at the more than
pleasant viewpoint of
The view really started to open up as we gained elevation. Even in less than perfect weather conditions, the surrounding mountains were impressive. Also impressive was the strong west wind that greeted us upon gaining the ridge. Though not as fierce as the wind and blowing snow I encountered a day earlier on Mount Allan, this wind was infinitely colder and trying the stay warm quickly became the focus for the remainder of the ascent – a battle we lost hands-down.
Except for the aforementioned wind, the north ridge traverse to the summit was very enjoyable. We soon met up with the other party. They had visited the summit and were making a very rapid descent in order to escape the brutally cold conditions. We soon arrived at the summit, stayed there for just enough time to take in the incredible panorama and then high-tailed it down.
Getting back to the skis was very fast and easy. The first part of the ski down was decent, but yet again, steeper terrain proved to be more problematic. Without going into the gruesome details, let’s just say our ski run down was comically depressing – or perhaps depressingly comical would be more accurate.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable trip with enough changing scenery to keep things interesting and a breath-taking summit view – a more than satisfying way to end 2006.
Crowfoot Mountain before sunrise
More of Crowfoot Mountain and its hanging glacier
A closer look at Crowfoot
Mark gains the slopes below Crowfoot Mountain
Skiing towards the Pass
Same as above, with Bow Peak sticking up on the left
Dolomite Peak to the east
The full length of Dolomite Peak
Approaching Crowfoot Pass, with Bow Peak dead ahead
The view to the south from Crowfoot Pass
Starting up the slopes of Bow Peak, with Crowfoot Mountain behind
Slogging up the west slopes
Mark on the ridge
The start of the ridge
Same as above
The final section of the severely cold traverse to the summit
The summit cairn and Mount Hector to the right
At the summit looking south; Hector Lake to the right and Mount Hector to the left
Mount Willingdon to the east
The moon over Noseeum Mountain