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Mount Bell
Lake Louise, Alberta
July 12, 2005
Distance: 20.0 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1221 m

Unlike many of my scrambles so far this year, Mount Bell I didn't create havoc with snow, rain or thunderstorms. Nor was I turned back because of a slow party as in my attempt via Taylor Lake five years ago. In short, there was nothing to stop me from summiting. For this scramble, I linked up with Andrew Nugara from the RMB forum. This would be my first successful summit with him.

The hike to Boom Lake was monotonous, but Andrew and I passed the time with talk and eventually arrived at the lake. A short, rough trail along the shore led us to the boulder pile. From there, we climbed up a steep gully until we reached the treeline. We climbed a bit higher than we should have, so when we traversed to the col we had to drop down.

From the col, we mostly stayed below the crest. Often a path helped us traverse the rubbly slopes. Other times, we delighted in scrambling over huge boulders.

Andrew proved to be great company. We both enjoyed making side trips to explore interesting features and snap photos. Near the summit we clambered down to the base of a huge cornice that had peeled away from the mountain just to explore it.

We reached the summit without incident. It was cool and windy, but comfortable enough for an extended stay, so we studied the surrounding peaks before turning back.

KLM and GPX Tracks

Boom Lake

Heading up the gully from the boulder pile by the lake

Looking back at Boom Mountain and Boom Lake

Boom Lake takes it name from the log boom in shallow water

Another look at Boom Mountain

The long grind up the gully

View from the col. This is the alternate Taylor Lake approach that Kane describes.

Typical scrambling below the ridge

Andrew drops down to cross a broad gully

Mount Ball

West is Chimney Peak on the left

Andrew kept busy snapping photos

Minutes away from the top

Andrew above an old snow cornice

Andrew dropped down and I soon joined him

Exploring a short tunnel in the cornice

The summit is a stone's throw away

Andrew stands next to the summit cairn

The mighty and the humble: Mount Temple overshadows The Tower of Babel (lower left).

Storm Mountain

Heading down from the summit

The usual route follows below the ridge, but there's some good
scrambling on the crest in places

Scrambling for fun

82 N/8 Lake Louise

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