Climbing Conditions

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Climbing Conditions

Attached are photos of the Wapta Icefields area, including Mt Balfour, Mt Olive, the Ferris Glacier, the Bow Glacier, the approach to the Bow Hut and the Mt Hector North glacier.

Snowline is slowy rising to about 2100 m on shaded and north facing terrain. Many trails above this elevation remain snow covered though solar aspects are melting out more quickly.

The glaciers remain well covered in snow, though a few sagging snow bridges over crevasses were observed in thinner snowpack areas.

Avalanche hazard is still present in some treeline areas and in the alpine. For info on managing the spring and summer avalanche conditions visit:

Snow travel conditions vary from straightforward to very difficult depending on the temperature, time of day, and steepness of the terrain. Isothermal snow is present at the lower elevations and later in the day. Good footwear and cleats are recommended to deal with icy conditions on packed trails. An ice axe and crampons may be required for steeper slopes.

Enjoy the start of summer!

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These observations and opinions are those of the person who submitted them. The ACMG and its members take no responsibility for errors, omissions, or lapses in continuity. Conditions differ greatly over time and space due to the variable nature of mountain weather and terrain. Application of this information provides no guarantee of increased safety. Do not use the Mountain Conditions Report as the sole factor in planning trips or making decisions in the field.