Helen-Kate Ridge (attempt)
I was drawn to attempt this unnamed ridge, which I call Helen-Kate, after seeing the gentle grade on a contour map. As a snowshoe trip, it looked inviting. We would, though, have to take avalanche equipment since we would cross avalanche slopes.
Despite the gentle contour lines, our route was both more scenic and trickier than I expected. After going up a beautiful miniature canyon I was stumped as how to gain the ridge above it. After exploring the base of steep slopes and cliffs no egress presented itself. A more careful search, however, revealed a weakness that allowed us access to the ridge. We soon had to leave this ridge to gain another ridge. We had to end the trip when we realized we were running out of time. Three years later we returned to complete the trip.
We snowshoed on fresh, deep snow
Snowshoeing in the canyon
Layers of snow on the rock
Looking up the icefall
While searching for a way to get above the ice fall, we come to a cliff band
Eventually we find a way to reach the ridge above the icefall. We'll drop down on the
right to gain the next ridge.
Climbing up the next ridge
Beautiful thick snow on the slopes
Heading back to the icefall we pass this tree
Going back down the canyon