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post #931 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 11:46 PM
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This is definitely worth a full report. Glad you had some sunshine later on the trip!

What lake is this?
Thanks I'll write that up and post a link. I'll write a shorter one up on this site as well later this week.
That lake is the Committee's Punch Bowl itself. Where we had our toast of Rum to the Committee.
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post #932 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 12:58 AM
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It's unlikely that the Scott Glacier bridge will be replaced... Downstream from Scott camp the river tends to be a bit shallower/easier to cross. But it sounds like it was still running high.
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Anyone been around Iceline/Yoho Valley lately? Much snow?

Also, wondering what the deal is at the tea house? From what I've read it sounds hit/miss...what are the chances of getting a snack/tea this week?
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post #934 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 06:32 PM
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Can anyone comment on how much snow there is in the area of the Columbia Icefield?

Will Nigel Peak go?
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This photo suggests it will (as of last weekend), but the weather this weekend is supposed to be terrible. Keep a close eye on the weather models (spotwx.com).

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post #936 of (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 10:52 PM
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Flew over Kananaskis today - there was really no snow to speak of right up peak on most aspects except north and anything close to glaciated areas.
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I'm considering doing Burstall Pass this weekend. I've never done it before, but from what I've read there are stream crossings. Would I still get wet feet this weekend, or can I count on rock-hopping my way across? Also, what about snow up that way? Is it still hikeable? I don't mind some snow, just don't want to worry about deep snow and avalanches and that sort of thing. Any help would be appreciated.
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You shouldn't encounter any snow beyond a few snow patches here and there (although the forecast appears to be calling for about 10 cm later this week).

The only stream of potential concern is the one flowing from Robertson glacier. It's highly braided and it changes course all the time, but I've always found a way across it at any time of year without getting my feet wet. It's certainly not a big stream.

Consider hiking up Snow Peak too. If snow free it's an easy scramble from the pass.
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Did Snow Peak on Sunday, Oct 18. Braided Creek crossings bridged or step across. Trail was a little muddy in trees below pass but okay. Not much snow.
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Thanks! I think I'll tackle Burstall Pass this weekend. I've been wanting to go up there for a while now.
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Nov 6 '15

Went up Fairview. Full winter at Louise, even if lake is not frozen yet. Broken trail to Saddleback, none after. Tried to stick with summer line (trail), but failed and charged straight up. What is little more than tourist hike in summer is considerably more challenging right now. Sank mid-thighs in soft powder at places, with countless cursing at shifting boulders/talus hidden by snow. Near summit intercepted goat tracks & followed on descent. Would you know it, they went bang on where summer trail goes. Thanks Mr. Goat. Weather socked in so fair view was not so fair. If you go in next couple of days, follow my descent tracks -- much easier
[Fairview summit; honestly, it is fabulous viewpoint when skies are clear]

Moraine lake road is now closed for the season.
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Hiked up to Rawson Lake on Nov 15th. Conditions were ideal with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the low single digits. There is about 60cm of snow on the ground at the Rawson, with maybe 20cm closer to Upper Kananaksis Lake. I brought snowshoes, but they weren't needed as the trail was well packed down all of the way to the lake (if you want to go to the far end of the lake, then you may need them). Lake is snow covered and the crossing at Sarail creek is covered with well packed snow. Although there are warnings about construction of the new bridge, there was no evidence of any work as of yet.
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Hiked up to Rawson Lake on Nov 15th.
Thanks for update, just the info I was looking for. Couple of questions: 1) Would continuing to Rawson ridge (via summer route) be out of question? 2) How was driving on Hwy40?
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Zeljkok - You may already know this, but just in case - the summer route up Rawson Ridge follows an avalanche path. There are options to limit risk, but keep a close eye on conditions, which are a bit touchy now. I'd also expect it to be a very strenuous workout regardless of risk!
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Thanks for update, just the info I was looking for. Couple of questions: 1) Would continuing to Rawson ridge (via summer route) be out of question? 2) How was driving on Hwy40?
1. I've attached some photos up at the lake. There's a not a lot of snow up on Mt Sarrail right now, but the far end of the lake can be risky as slabs start to form higher up. Just be aware as this is an avalanche area




2. There is some construction near Grizzly Creek, but overall conditions are just fine.
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