Panorama Ridge
Lake Louise, Alberta
June 19, 2004

It's a slog going up the gully, but Panorama Ridge is worth the climb because of the views. After hiking up the trail Dinah and I tried to cross the stream too soon. It's better to continue up a ways where logs and rocks make crossing easier.

The ascent gully seemed interminable, so we were glad when we finally reached the ridge. A short ridge walk led to the summit. After summiting we headed to the east peak but there was too much snow to continue, so we descended the nearest gully.

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Hiking up the Consolation Lakes trail


View of Panorama Ridge just before reaching Consolation Lakes


Looking for the best place to cross Babel Creek


We had to get our feet wet


Looking up the ascent gully


Looking back


Tower of Babel in the foreground

We made good progress in the firm snow in the gully


Gully narrows ahead


We've reached the rocks and will soon start climbing


The slope steepens


Squeezing through some boulders


Dinah follows me up the steep slope


A huge cornice lines much of the ridge


Quadra Mountain


Approaching the summit


The last section to the summit requires scrambling up quartzite rocks


After summiting we continued along the ridge


We made it to the pinnacles where it became difficult and exposed. Best to do in dry conditions.


Cute bird, but such skinny legs!


Our descent gully


Looking down Consolation Valley


Partway down


Coming down an avalanche snow


Looking up the gully


Mount Temple fills the background behind the Tower of Babel


One of the Consolation Lakes. We followed a crude shoreline trail back.


82 N/8 Lake Louise

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