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Mount Andromache
Banff National Park, Alberta
July 26, 2005

Mount Andromache is a straightforward scramble with little likelihood of losing your way. Following the Scrambles book, Dinah and I hiked up the trail to above the waterfalls where it petered out. We continued up the valley keeping to scree slopes on the left. It was miserable going and seemed to go on too long. While we hiked up the valley, we watched a party of four ascending Mount Hector which helped pass the time.

Eventually we came to an obvious break in the cliff bands and easily ascended to the plateau. The unnamed east peak came into view and we scrambled up it. Surprisingly my GPS indicated that the east peak is higher than Mount Andromache by 8 m.

We trudged to just below the summit of Mount Andromache where we scrambled up rock adjacent to the glacier. The day had started out with few clouds, but by the time we bagged the peak the clouds had increased and obscured distant views.

We fully expected to descend the NW ridge but were surprised by the quantity of snow on it. It extended to the edge of the ridge foregoing the possibility of scrambling down it. Walking on the glacier was out of the question, so we had no recourse but to return the same way.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
KML Track


The waterfall soon appears after we started up the trail


View of the falls as we climbed above them


After reaching the base of a cliff band, we headed to the valley between Andromache and Hector


Above the waterfalls, the valley opens up


Looking back, Hector Lake is barely visible


While hugging the base of the cliff bands, we looked for breach


Looking back


Along the way, I stopped to inspect a window


We passed a small waterfall


After climbing up a breach we reached the plateau. Mount Hector looms in the background.


The plateau is incredibly flat


We spotted four figures on Mount Hector. The two on the right are turning back while the others pressed on. Mouse over to see them a short time later.


Heading to the east peak


Looking back at the plateau


After leaving the east peak, we headed towards Mount Andromache


Closing in on the summit


It's a short climb the summit


Scrambling up the last few metres


On the summit. Clouds are beginning to obscure Mount Hector.


82 N/9 Hector Lake

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