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Panorama Ridge
Lake Louise, Alberta
June 19, 2004

Distance:12.5 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1000 m

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

After crossing, we headed to the broad ascent gully. The slog up seemed interminable, so we were glad when we 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. Even so, the loop provided extra scenery in this scenic area.

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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

Almost at the narrow section

We've reached the rocks and will soon start climbing

The slope steepens

Squeezing through some boulders

Dinah follows me up the steep slope

Quadra Mountain

On the ridge looking north

Ahead is the summit

The last section to the summit requires scrambling up quartzite rocks

After summiting we continued along the ridge

A huge cornice lines much of the ridge

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

Trying to climb higher

We soon gave up and started down

Cute bird, but such skinny legs!

Our descent gully

Looking down Consolation Valley

Partway down

Coming down on 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.

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