Thursday, July 1, we left the truck at the Bedwell Lake trailhead at noon. The weather was overcast. We encountered patches of snow about 10 minutes before Baby Bedwell Lake. The tent pads are snow free at Baby Bedwell and Bedwell Lakes. Snow becomes continuous at Bedwell Lake.The weather continued to deteriorate as we headed for Cream Lake. By Little Jim Lake, visibility was down to about 50 feet. Made our way to Cream Lake in very slurpy snow conditions. Depth of snow at Cream Lake was 2-3 meters at the big rock. We could walk across the lake.
Friday, we awoke to blue skies, so we headed for the X-gully to have a go at Mt. Septimus. Snow conditions were soft and not in our favour, but we made it up to the notch, descended the other side, crossed the glacier, and gained the ridge. Snow conditions worsened considerably up here, so we turned back for an early lunch at the top of the X-gully. As we were making our way back down the gully, we could see our friends coming down the ridge from Little Jim Lake.
Day 3 found us heading up the West gully to do a bit of climbing on the West Buttress with our friends
Day 4-Our friends were leaving for civilization, and we were heading for Big Interior Mountain on our way to 9-Peaks. As we approached Little Jim Lake, the weather rolled in and visibility dropped to about 25 feet. We encountered people from the Alpine Club at this point who had come from Big Interior and 9-Peaks, so we were able to follow their tracks (Thanks Guys).
We slogged over to Big Interior, up the glacier to the summit, and down the other side till we found a flat spot below the ridge to camp. We still couldn't see anything.
Day 5 dawned bright and COLD. The snow froze up overnight, so we donned our crampons and headed for 9-peaks. 2.5 hours later we were looking down from the summit.
We then headed back to camp, packed up, summitted Big Interior AGAIN, saw Bedwell Lake below us, and off in the distance, and decided to make for it. We put in a long day, but the snow free tent pad was like a 5-star hotel.
Day 6 we scouted out the trail to Tom Taylor around Bedwell Lake, but had already decided to put this one on hold for now as we could see plenty of large cornices, recent avi activity, and heard a couple of ice falls.
Day 7 we headed for home.