Lipalian Mountain

elevation: 2,710 m. height gain: 1,000 m.
area: Lake Louise,AB map 82 N/8
2009-Oct-19


Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken
up the ski slope


Going up the ski slope climber's left of Larch lift.
Scramble: RT 5.25; 3.0 up. The forecast was not ideal so I decided to stay close to home and chose a simple outing. Lipalian is very easy; the only hazard to consider is the avalanche prone upper slopes, climber's left of the boulder field. As it turns out, I had good weather and a very shallow, crusty snowpack which facilitated the ascent. I brought my snowshoes and put them on the ski slope for traction. After 2 hours, I reached the top of Larch ski lift. I had good visibility and planned my traverse left, in the boulders, to the scree bowl. I was able to keep my snowshoes on for the traverse, which made it much easier and safer. The very shallow snow in the bowl did not pose a problem; the crampons on the snowshoes dug into the ground. Once on the ridge, I wandered to the top. I stayed longer than expected, still warm and dry; I enjoyed the awesome cloud formations framing some of my favorite mountains. Returning was quick. I took a nice break comfortably seated at the unload station with my camera at hand; I waited for the fog to lift, it didn't! I stowed my shoes in my pack and proceeded back down to the car.
redoubt

A nice view of Redoubt along the way.

temple

Mount Temple.


false summit


Lipalian's false summit from the top of the lift.


traverse


I traversed ahead to the scree slope, below the bigger boulders.


rock garden


View from above the Rock Garden.


looking back


Looking back towards the ski lift.


bowl


Upper slope to the ridge crest.


true summit


True summit, a short distance away.


hector


Mount Hector towers above Whitehorn.


cairn


Southern view beyond the summit cairn; Storm Mountain and Stanley Peak (left and right).


pilot


Pilot Mountain and Mount Brett in a sea of clouds.


mounts douglas and st.bride


Too bad I can't distinguish the colored scree on Purple Mound.


heading back


Heading back, Mount Richardson in the background.


from the chair


At the lift station, now engulfed in a fog layer.
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