Mount Bell (attempt)
Lake Louise, Alberta
July 12, 2005

To reach Mount Bell, we used the Taylor Lake approach and ascended a snow-covered gully. Even though Kane recommends this route, I think it's unnecessarily long. I returned five years later and summited using the Boom Lake approach.

The trip was doomed from the start. Included in my party was a girl who needed to get to Calgary in the early evening and a girl that was slow. What a bad combination! Ultimately we turned back due to the lack of time, just when the summit was in sight. After this trip, I vowed never to promise anyone to return at a set time.


After passing Taylor Lake we did some scrambling


To reach the ridge, we ascended this gully on the left


Topping out on the gully


Boom Lake


Plenty of scree to cross


We turned back after passing this outcrop


Castle Mountain


Bident Mountain


Looking back just before we turned around


Back at the ascent gully leading to Taylor Lake


Glissading down the gully

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