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Nigel Peak
Jasper National Park, Alberta
July 26, 2003
Distance: 9.4 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1200 m

Nigel Peak is great scramble with beautiful alpine views along the way. Caroline, Dinah and I started from the Icefields Campsite. It was convenient since we camped there, although it added distance from the usual start at Wilcox campground. But we encountered no difficulties in following Kane's route.

After starting, Dinah was having trouble, moving slowly. She was dehydrated from yesterday's hike. After she drank some water, and after we took some weight off from her pack, she soon resumed her speed.

We made our way up the first ridge before crossing the northwest bowl to reach the second ridge. We followed the second ridge to the summit. After spending a while on the summit we retraced on steps, except to come down on fast scree below the first ridge.

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Nigel Peak seen from Columbia Icefields

Hiking to the base of Nigel Peak

Starting up the slope

Slogging up to the first ridge

We get our first good look at the summit

Ascending the ridge to reach the bowl

We circumvented a buttress on the ridge

Regaining the ridge

Looking back after leaving the ridge

Traversing above the bowl

Crossing the bowl below the summit

On the ridge after crossing the bowl

Colourful mountains to the east

Coming up to the summit

We followed the ridge closely

Still a ways to go!

The final section is steep

Almost at the summit

On the summit

Looking down at Mount Wilcox

Looking down at the ridge we ascended

Colourful view to the east

Looking down at the lakes southeast

Descending from the summit. The snow was too steep to descend so we scrambled down.

Tangle Ridge and Wilcox Lake

Heading back from the ridge above the basin

We looked for and found good scree to descend

Mount Athabasca

The following day we climbed Mount Wilcox

Crossing the meadows back to the campground

83 C/3 Columbia Icefields

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