Nice, casual ski on a perfect day. Crevasses mostly well-bridged on the way up the Athabasca Glacier, which was way less scary than I had expected. Trip report.
We spent two days and two nights touring around the Columbia Icefield and went up Snow Dome near the end of our last day up there. Nice clear days, but cold nights. If the sun was out, we were overheating, and if it clouded over, we got instantly chilled. Great experience overall!
From camp near Snowdome, skied/climbed standard East Face route on Mt. Columbia on April 29. Next morning Martin Siddles, Ian Hunt and I skied up and down Snowdome before lunch.
Climbed with Brent. Gorgeous weather, bullet ice quite sustained at the grade, an unplanned bivy at 11k. Crux was the final, loose snow slope (a major trenching operation required) and tricky route finding to force a way through the cornice. 39 hours car to car. A nice adventure.
Skied up the peak on a relatively warm day in February 2004. Had our fleece jackets on top! We also had the icefields to ourselves which was amazing! However dodging avalanches and serac fall on the approach was a scary adventure. Very risky. On our way down, our up-tracks were obliterated by several tons of debris. We were glad we were on skis so that we could move past that section fairly quickly. Other than that, the ski down was real fun and quick.
Gorgeous day but the route is a bore at best. Makes you want to stop and look around all that much more... Main goal was to go and sleep on the summit - sunset from the top was gorgeous yet chilly. Almost got CRUSHED by a solid 10-storey serac falling off the wall on the approach. We were passing under it about 2 hours after the sun hit it. I'd think twice about running that risk again. Probably wouldn't go to the Icefields on foot again. Skis = 100x better.
David Mulligan and I climbed Snow Dome and Mt Kitchener from our tent site high on the side of Snow Dome. Both summits were in the clouds when we reached them and we enjoyed no view from the top of either peak. Skiing back down the glacier to the highway was fun, though.
dumped down the East Face, resulting in minor injuries, sphincter lock and failure of my solo attempt during my fall classic up the East Ridge, overlooking the Athabasca Glacier.
For a comprehensive study of Snow Dome, with many photos, see Snow Dome on my personal adventure site, climbwild.net/