Eventually you will find your self in a small bowl. If you proceed to the right you will be heading to Mt. Hector via the north glacier. Keep left and follow the least line of resistance to the top of the hill where it levels out. Here there is a break in the cliff bands above and you can scramble up the scree slope to a sloping ridge line which leads to another unnamed peak go over the top of this and continue for 20-30 minutes to the summit keeping on the scree and away from the glacier. This very well explained in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane. This book also describes a different descent route and is a worthwhile purchase.
Red TapeYou will have to purchase a parks pass upon entry to the park at Banff. Should you wish to camp a backcountry permit will be needed. You should check in and out with the rangers at Lake Louise.
Rates for Parks Canada as of July 1, 2005:
Wilderness Backcountry: $9/night
Wilderness Pass: $63/year
Reservation Fee: $12/group
When To ClimbThe summer season would be the best. There are avalanche warnings in the gully with the cliff bands leading up through Hector creek. Proceed with caution in snow seasons.
Banff Warden Office (403) 762-4506 for route info
Lake Louise Warden Office (403) 522-3866
CampingI did not hear of any restrictions while I was there. There can be campfire restrictions depending on the weather.
Author: RedWolf_ca Date: Jan 22, 2005 1:23 PM
The Mosquito Creek campground is only a few kilometres from the Noseeum Creek (for NW ridge). Easy walk/bike ride along the Icefields parkway.
Mosquito Creek campground
Try this for activities in the area
Banff Lake Louise Tourist Bureau
Joining a club such as The Alpine Club of Canada is recommended when climbing in Canada. While it is not obligatory, useful information can be had at any of their main Clubhouse in Canmore, or at their website which is open to everyone.
Staying at the club in Canmore is 22$ Canadian for members and 26$ for non-members. It can get quite crowded in the summer so a reservation is recommended. Staying at the hostel in Lake Louise is more at 36$ Canadian but is good value for the money.