Habel, Mount (Rhondda North)

elevation: 3,055 m. height gain: 1,120 m.
area: Wapta Icefield,AB map 82 N/10

Ref: Chic Scott's Summits and Icefields

From Peyto Lake.
Ski mountaineering: We skied to Peyto Hut, about 6 hours, where we stayed the night. The newly renovated hut is awesome, we didn't have to bring fuel! The next morning, we left the hut with all our stuff quite early. Once at a spot we knew we would pass by on the return, we buried sleeping bags, extra food and stuff we didn't need for the ascent. The beginning of the climb is technically easy and elevation is quickly gained. After reaching the ridge, we headed for the true summit. The ridge narrows and we were forced to the right for a short distance before climbing the crux at the summit block. It's not high, maybe 7 meters but it's steep and exposed; we used a big boulder as an anchor. Fab then climbed the crux and set an anchor at the top, which is not spacious. The final section may vary greatly depending on snow coverage. We were very pleased with this outing, it felt very rewarding! The ski down to our cache was nice. Upon arrival, it became clear that the little black dot becoming bigger on the glacier was actually our things pulled out and spread all over by very determined and smart ravens.
on the way to glaciology

Heading towards the glaciology center.

glaciology center

The glaciology center and Peyto Glacier.

taking a break

Taking a break at the center.


Debris on ice.


Mount Baker and another team on the glacier.

ridge to last bit

The ridge narrows as we near the top.

the last bit to the top

The last bit to the top is exhilarating!

fab at the top

Fab on top of Mount Habel.

me too

Me too.

skiing down

Skiing back down.

more ice

More ice.
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