Onion, The GR:347211

elevation: 2,682 m. height gain: 750 m.
area: Wapta Icefield,AB map 82 N/9-10
2009-Dec-29


Ref: Dave's Place back to bow
Leaving Num-Ti-Jah Lodge before sunrise.
Ski mountaineering: RT 7.0; 4.5 up. After a good break and change of season, this trip was perfect to get into winter mode. Both Fab and I were excited to revisit this approach on the Wapta, it had been over 10 years since we came through here! We left early to allow ourselves some leisure time. It took us 3 hours to reach Bow Hut; smoke was coming out of the chimney, we went in for lunch. What a nice lodge, we are truly fortunate to have alpine huts on the glaciers. From the hut, it took an hour to reach the summit. The ascent was easy; we followed the up-track to the saddle then veered towards the top. Although we had glacier gear, we did not feel the need to use it; we skied to the very broad summit. Our summit stay was brief due to wind but we still enjoyed the view of this familiar area. Skiing down the wind affected slopes was not stylish; loose boots in walk-mode doesn't scream performance. The descent is very short. We didn't need to put the skins on the skis for the return, coming out was fast and painless. A very fine day and great "last-of-the-year" trip. southern view
Bow Peak across Bow Lake.
back of the lake
Saint Nicholas in the distance and The Onion.
bow falls
The trail provides a good look at Bow Falls.
above treeline
On the moraines below Vulture Peak.
i can see the hut
The hut is visible.
the onion
The objective.
leaving the hut
Leaving the hut on a good up-track.
vulture
Looking back from higher up.
easy ascent
Easy ascent towards the Onion.
thompson and portal
Upright Portal Peak in front of laid-back Mount Thompson.
saint nich again
Mounts Olive (left) and Saint Nicholas; Mount Gordon is also discernable.
at the top
Sitting on the summit cairn with Mount Crowfoot in the background.
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