Weed, Mount


elevation: 3,080 m. height gain: 1,335 m.
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 82 N/15
2009-Jun-27


Ref: Dow Williams' site
close up


The direct gully is still filled with snow.
Scramble: RT 6.5; 4.0 up. We managed an early start, which was advantageous; the frozen rubble above treeline and firm snow offered good travelling conditions. We chose to ascend the direct gully, which turned out to be a treat. Crampons provided good purchase on the steepish snow. Once on the ridge, the cairn is less than a minute away. The cool, breezy wind did not stop us from enjoying the phenomenal view all around. The register was filled with rolling papers but no official note pad; or bud. Heading down was easy other than dealing with snow balling under the crampons. We followed a nice trail down the drainage to the waterfall. Hiking on Weed all day is grrreat!!!
from the car

The ascent drainage follows the right side of the picture.

right fork


Above the waterfall, we traversed into the right fork drainage.


kane's boulders


"Rock city" and Kane's boulders, the sun will reach us soon.


a quick break


The mound behind us is a good landmark from the road.


leaving rock city


Hiking on frozen rubble.


ascent gully


The ascent gully comes into view.


upper rocks


A little closer.


looking down


Looking down. This is where we put our crampons on.


upper gully


We stayed climber's left of the rock outcrops.


looking down


Looking down from the upper gully.


summit


At the top.


chephren


White Pyramid and Mount Chephren.


easthern view


Short bit of summit ridge, looking east.


ascent gully


From the top, you can almost see the whole ascent gully.


wapta


Wapta Icefields; Mount Baker looks quite impressive from here.


last look


Leaving the top, the cairn is still visible up on the left.


heading down


Careful not to slip due to snow balling up under the crampons.


rock city


Back to "rock city".


drainage


The right fork drainage is a nice way to go.
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