Noseeum Peak GR:490224

elevation: 3,002 m. height gain: 1150 m.
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 82 N/9
2013-Sep-15


Ref: Drew and Mark in the Canadian Rockies waterfalls
The waterfalls come in view, we ascended the treed terrain.
Scramble: RT 9.5; 4.5 up. Fab and I felt burned out from harvesting firewood the last weekends. During the last weeks, we bucked, split (by hand) and stacked that wood after work; to say we were sore and tired is an understatement! We agreed to take a respite from the hard labor and go replenish our spirits in the mountain. After reading Marko's trip report on Noseeum Peak, we decided it would be a great place to visit. We parked at a pull next to Noseeum Creek (same as for Mount Andromache) and found a trail on the south side of the drainage. The trail runs along the creek and leads to the waterfalls at the headwall. We opted to ascend the treed slopes left of the waterfalls. Numerous game trails exist; they weave around small bluffs encountered along the way. Once at the crest of the headwall, the ascent gully to the summit ridge appears. We continued across grassy terrain towards a large grey mound. The landscape is delightful; as we gained height, Noseeum Lake came into view. Pleasant trekking led us to the gully where talus slopes turn to loose rubble. Firm ground on the sides helps going up and the scree grants an effortless quick run down. The summit ridge is straightforward, mostly a walk. We casually hiked to the top taking advantage of the outstanding weather and views. This outing was exactly what we needed! typical terrain
Typical terrain.
small bluffs
Small bluffs to navigate around.
crest of the headwall
Nearing the crest of the headwall.
ascent gully visible
Right away, the ascent gully to the summit ridge is visible.
summit in view
The summit is at the right.
writing in sand
Fab is writing in the sand before we ascend the gully.
seeking firm ground
Seeking firmer ground near the rockwall.
top of the gully
Top part of the gully.
noseeum lake
Looking at Noseeum Lake.
summit ridge
Starting on the summit ridge.
mount hector in the distance
Mount Hector behind Molar Glacier and Mount Andromache.
sublime
The summit ridge is lovely and offers sublime scenery.
mostly a walk
Mostly a walk here!
summit ahead
Summit ahead.
at the top
At the top, grateful for this fantastic late summer day.
molar mountain
Molar Mountain to the south-east.
dolomite peak
Dolomite Peak's distinctive form.
leaving the top
Reluctantly leaving.
snowpatch
Wishing our dogs were here to enjoy this snowpatch...
gully at the foot of the buttress
The access gully is located at the foot of the steep buttress ahead.
ascent gully
Reaching the ascent gully.
beautiful landscape
Beautiful landscape.
backtracking
Traversing back towards the waterfalls.
down the headwall
Descending the treed headwall.
weaving around bluffs
Weaving around small bluffs.
looking back
Looking back at the treed slope next to the waterfall.
decent trail
Resuming the trek on a decent trail.
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