Wilcox, Mount

elevation: 2,884 m. height gain: 900 m.
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 83 C/3
2010-Sep-06


Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies direct approach
Looking back on our way to Wilcox Pass.
Scramble: RT 7.0; 3.25 up. This scramble is delightful! The weather was nice and the cloud formations added a lot of atmosphere. We approached Wilcox Pass from the Icefields Information Center. To avoid side-hilling in talus, walking down the highway (south) a little grants a straight line of ascent. We enjoyed the outstanding scenery and appreciated the well-worn trail on the mountain. We were expecting more snow on the ground but there was very little. It seemed we lollygagged the whole day. This season has not favored such conditions for us... Very nice. neat boulders
Standing near some particular boulders.
grassy ridge
Walking on the broad grassy ridge is pleasant.
wilcox shrouded by clouds
Our objective comes into view.
clouds lifting
The clouds are lifting.
athabasca
Several groups out on Mount Athabasca, at least 12 people.
ridge crest ahead
Approaching the ridge crest.
nigel
Nigel Peak.
great view
Fine trail with exceptional sights in all directions.
rockband
Following the trail through the rockband.
along the ridge
Mount Andromeda in the background.
summit picture
The summit is shrouded by thin cloud.
some scrambling
The upper mountain is more challenging.
still on a trail
I follow.
summit ahead
Nearing the summit, on the right.
traverse to the top
Slippery bit on the way to the summit.
fab cheering
Summit picture, Mount Athabasca is in the clouds.
leaving the top
Must we really leave?
steeper here
Steeper terrain.
short downclimb
Fab downclimbing a short step.
short return
Almost back down on the grasses.
marmots
A family of marmots basking in the sun.
straight down
Heading straight down to the highway.
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