Hector, Mount

elevation: 3,394 m. height gain: 1,600 m.
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 82 N/9

Ref: Chic Scott's Summits and Icefields
the approach

Climber's left in the small trees below the gully, the sun is coming up.
Ski mountaineering: In the midst of a high-pressure ridge and excellent snow conditions, this objective seemed to be appropriate. An acquaintance of Fab from Mount Norquay joined us. We left the trailhead very early and were well on our way when the sun came up. We took our skis off in the gully for a little narrow section; other than that, the ascent was fairly straightforward. The gully along with its run out exposes the skier to a great deal of avalanche danger if the conditions are not right. I couldn't help feeling little. Once above the hazard, I started enjoying the trip a lot more. We roped up for the glacier. Near the summit block, the slope steepens. We ascended climber's left to a saddle; from there the summit is minutes away but there are icy rock steps that must be negotiated to gain the summit block. I remember putting my knee on a rock and being pulled up by the loop of my pack! Nice, very graceful... Anyway, standing on the summit of Hector, I forgot about all the worries in the world. The ski down was incredibly awesome. We even managed to squeeze through the narrow section without taking our skis off, side slipping carefully. The snow had softened dramatically and it was good to get down quickly. I will remember this trip for a long time!
above the gully

Above the gully, another group behind us.

about to rope up

Near the glacier.

the objective ahead

The ascent slopes on the glacier.

at the top

Standing on the summit, looking east.

fab quite thrilled

Fab's first big mountain.

i'm here, awesome

Enjoying this moment.
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