Bell, Mount

elevation: 2,910 m. height gain: 1,500 m.
area: Banff/Bow Valley,AB map 82 N/8

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
boom lake

Looking across Boom Lake from the col.
Scramble: RT 10.0; 5.0 up. This turned out to be a trip to remember! I made it to O'Brien Lake in a little over 1.5 hour, my pace was fast. This was my first solo scramble, and with little experience under my belt, excitement and nervousness were overwhelming. I recall footprints in the snow on the way to the col; that was a welcome sight. With crampons, the climb up the snow slope was quick and easy. From there, the terrain is more complex; I found myself looking for the footprints in the scree and snow patches. Luckily for me, I was able to continue past the chimneys and onto the ascent ridge. Coaxed by fresh prints, I ended up on the ridge with the summit in sight. Very elated, I traveled along the ridge and noticed a figure at the top. Neat, I get to meet the person that enticed me here! In fact, the pictures illustrated are from slides courtesy of this frequent visitor from the States.
boom mountain

Boom Mountain from the south-west ridge.

further along the ridge

Stanley Peak (left) and Mount Whymper (center).

at the top

Bident Mountain, Mounts Fay and Babel (left to right).

awesome view

Mount Temple in the distance.

more great scenery

Looking south-west towards Chimney Peak.

my first solo

Picture of me at the summit.
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