Fryatt Valley Jasper National Park
The ACC 55+ camp spent a splendid week from Aug20-25 climbing in the Fryatt Valley near Jasper. We had good weather, good conditions and there were still plenty of wild flowers to keep the landscape colorful.
On August 21st we ascended to the Olympus Parnassus col, where continued glacier recession has steepened that short slope leading to the col.
One Aug 22nd we climbed 2 of the 3 Blind Mice, south of the hut. The approach uses the East spur, which looks formidable from afar but steep sections are turned on the east side on a short section of steeper exposed scree that leads back to easier scrambling above. We looked at the 3rd Mouse (Mickey) but it look quite steep and loose for our large party. Descent was made down the NW bowl, starting right at the base of the 3rd mouse, then traversing right on good scree to avoid a cliff band below. A short rib requiring some easy down climbing returns you to the lower alpine.
On Aug 23 we did a great loop that started from a trail near the hut, ascended the small peak guarding the NE side of the headwall, then continued up the valley ascending unnamed (Earl Grey peak" 374206) over 2 summits, to a great view point of Mt Fryatt. We descended the easy west side slopes to the Mt Belanger col, and then easily down the valley past a number of lakes to the head of the valley.
Mt Fryatt is nearly bone dry and the N face of Belanger is also very dry with ongoing rockfall.
A cold front passed through on Aug 24th giving a light dusting to the higher peaks which quickly melted off by mid day on Aug 25th.
Peter Amann MG
Sylvia Forest MG