Climbing Conditions

4 photos

Climbing Conditions

Hello. I guided an ascent of South Victoria on July 16th and Yuckness Peak on the 17th. Great trip! Below are the conditions we found or observed.

-Abbot Pass approach slope via Lake O’Hara:
Travel up this approach slope was slower than usual for this time of year due to less snow available to travel on. Not ideal travel conditions. (See pic)

-Mt. Victoria
Travel on Vic’s SE ridge to the south summit was fairly straightforward with most travel on dry rock and a couple section (ie. the Sickle) where we used crampons and an ice axe.

-Mt. Lefroy
We observed Lefroy’s west face and it is not in condition at all. Very minimal snow left and constant rockfall (day & night). (See pic)

-Mt. Huber
We observed Mt. Huber and this peak is also suffering from a lack of snow due to the recent heat waves. It is still climbable but not as straightforward as usual for this time of year. (See pic)

-Mt. Yuckness
We ascended the scrambler’s route (west face, NW ridge) to the summit. Dry travel conditions. Nothing major to report.

-Abbot Hut
Sad to see this hut not being used but closed for a good reason. It’s support slope on the Lake Louise side sure are eroding. We observed many rocks trundling own and you can now see the ice underneath. (See pic)

Enjoy the summer!

Patrick Lindsay
Ridgeline Guiding Services

On The Map

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.