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Mount Ishbel (reconnaissance)
Banff National Park, Alberta
November 15, 2003

Mount Ishbel lies in Banff National Park, west of Banff Townsite and immediately east of Johnston Canyon. We didn't expect to get far in winter conditions – nor did we – but we were content to get above the treeline to take in the views.

From the parking lot, we hiked to the base of Mount Ishbel and then up through trees devastated by a forest fire years ago. Once we reached the ridge, we followed it as far as we could safely go. Before turning back, however, we climbed to a high point to take a panorama.


Dinah pauses to adjust her poles after we set off


Hiking through the dead forest


Easy ascent on semi-open lower slopes. Pilot Mountain behind.


Cockscomb Mountain


Castle Mountain and Helena Ridge


The grade steepens


We attempted to reach the point ahead.


I started up but soon was forced to turn back because of snow and exposure


As high as we got. Afterwards I climbed the high point in the foreground to take a panorama (at the top of this page). Copper Mountain on the left (mouse over for a close-up)


Starting up the high point


Dinah waits below


Heading back


We hike alongside a wall and dead trees.


More dead trees


Mount Ishbel from the parking lot. The summit is far left. Of the three peaks seen here, we nearly reached the first peak on the right.


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