Onion, The GR:347211

elevation: 2,682 m. height gain: 750 m.
area: Wapta Icefield,AB map 82 N/9-10

Ref: Dave's Place
back to bow

Leaving Num-Ti-Jah Lodge before sunrise.
Ski mountaineering: RT 7.0; 4.5 up. After a good break and change of season, this trip was perfect to get into winter mode. Both Fab and I were excited to revisit this approach on the Wapta, it had been over 10 years since we came through here! We left early to allow ourselves some leisure time. It took us 3 hours to reach Bow Hut; smoke was coming out of the chimney, we went in for lunch. What a nice lodge, we are truly fortunate to have alpine huts on the glaciers. From the hut, it took an hour to reach the summit. The ascent was easy; we followed the up-track to the saddle then veered towards the top. Although we had glacier gear, we did not feel the need to use it; we skied to the very broad summit. Our summit stay was brief due to wind but we still enjoyed the view of this familiar area. Skiing down the wind affected slopes was not stylish; loose boots in walk-mode doesn't scream performance. The descent is very short. We didn't need to put the skins on the skis for the return, coming out was fast and painless. A very fine day and great "last-of-the-year" trip.
southern view

Bow Peak across Bow Lake.

back of the lake

Saint Nicholas in the distance and The Onion.

bow falls

The trail provides a good look at Bow Falls.

above treeline

On the moraines below Vulture Peak.

i can see the hut

The hut is visible.

the onion

The objective.

leaving the hut

Leaving the hut on a good up-track.


Looking back from higher up.

easy ascent

Easy ascent towards the Onion.

thompson and portal

Upright Portal Peak in front of laid-back Mount Thompson.

saint nich again

Mounts Olive (left) and Saint Nicholas; Mount Gordon is also discernable.

at the top

Sitting on the summit cairn with Mount Crowfoot in the background.
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