Climbing Conditions

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Climbing Conditions

Achim and I summited Mt Athabasca on August 12th. We ascended the ramp route and descended via the AA col.
Overall travel was good, but the coverage on the glaciers was thinner than it looked from the road. Snow bridges seemed thin and weak, so we zig zagged a little extra to avoid crossing crevasses anywhere other than where they were filled by previous avalanche activity - thankfully old debris was found on both the approach to the ramp and in the bergshrund on the approach to the AA col. 15-20cm of recent snow on the ramp made the traverse feel pretty secure. The AA col was bare scree down to the glacier.
The Silverhorn looked to be mostly bare ice, and the crevasse/Bergshrund that you need to cross to access this and the north face routes looked a bit tricky to navigate.
There was still a pure snow/ice line visible on the Skyladder on Mt Andromeda, but the descent looked to be mostly bare rock and ice.

Happy trails.

Jonas Hoke
Rockaboo Mountain Adventures

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