Climbing Conditions

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Climbing Conditions

I just returned from 4 days at Bow Hut. Our group climbed Mt Olive and Mt Gordon.
Having spent the last 15 or so "Canada Days" on the Wapta, I can say with some confidence that conditions seem somewhat "normal" for this time of year, especially above 2500 metres.
Most of the peaks are looking pretty normal for early July. Quite a bit different than last year at the same time.

The toe of the Bow glacier is still snow covered though this will change quickly. There are some bare patches in the usual places (near the onion skin pass) though good coverage is still apparent on the main glaciers.
Travel was reasonable considering there was no freeze over this period.
Isothermal snow was found near the rocks on the ridges of both summits we climbed.
Some recent new sluffing (to size 1.5) was noted on steep terrain, most likely due to the intense convective rain over the last few days.

Though the Rockies had a very warm April, May and June were cooler and wet. Presently there is more snow at upper elevations than at the same time last year.
The attached picture shows the small glacier tarn above 3000m on Mt Gordon almost exactly one year apart. Note the size of the tarn as well as the background peaks.

Peter Amann
Mountain Guide

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