Mistaya Mountain

elevation: 3,078 m. height gain: 1,510 m. (with height loss)
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 82 N/10
2009-Aug-07


Ref: Vern Dewit's Explor8ion
early morning


The moon is setting behind Peyto Peak.
Scramble: RT 13.0 (including Caldron Peak); 5.75 up. Once again, we left Golden in time to drive through the highway's nightly construction closures. We left the parking lot at 4:30 AM. The nearly full moon illuminated our way and cast shadows on the nearby mountains; following the trail was quite easy. The sun came up as we headed above the headwall towards Caldron Lake. After 3.5 hours, we started hiking around the lake to Mistaya's ascent snow gully. We travelled on the snow for a bit; when the top of the ascent gully came into view, the way became apparent. We put on our crampons to proceed up the glaciated slope. The ascent was relatively short and the steeper section is manageable. Once on the broad ridge, the scenery unfolds and is almost unsurpassable. We casually walked to the summit but did not stay for too long, having another objective for the day. The descent was fast; the snow in the gully was softer, good for plunging steps in the steep part. In no time, we stood by our extra gear at the bottom. We picked our way across the meadows contouring towards the lower slopes of Caldron Peak. Very enjoyable outing despite the slight haste!
log bridge

Near the canyon, the bridge comes into view.

moraine

Going up the moraine on a good trail.

headwall


Mistaya peeks above the headwall.


near caldron lake


Above the headwall looking at Mount Patterson.


caldron lake


Caldron Lake sits still on this blue-bird day.


crossing


Crossing Caldron Lake's outlet on the naturally tilted strata.


lots of flowers


Heading to the snow gully.


lower gully


Good hiking on the firm suncups.


snow gully


The top of the gully is in sight.


glaciated


Depleted snow coverage reveals ice and debris.


upper gully


We pulled-out our alpine axe at the bluffs.


near the ridge


The summit ridge ahead.


baker


Mount Baker with Trapper Peak in the foreground.


peyto


Peyto Peak and the Wapta Icefield.


fixing the cairn


Mount Patterson behind Fab building up the cairn.


caldron


Caldron Peak and several tarns.


mummery


Mount Mummery in the Blaeberry, BC.


caldron lake


Caldron Lake.


leaving the top


Another summit picture before leaving.


summit ridge


Descending the broad ridge.


upper gully


Retracing our way down the snow slope.


caldron is next


We contoured towards Caldron Peak's base.


Continue on to Caldron Peak
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