My finger is still a bit injured and I haven’t been climbing much so a few old and new friends of mine (Brandon, Marianne, Andrea, Kim and Stephan) climbed Cathedral Mountain on Saturday in near perfect blue bird skies. We met on Friday night and bivied in the parking lot at Lake O’hara to get us ready for a 4:00 am start. We made quick work of the first 4 km up the road, arriving at the creek crossing around 5:00 am. We took our time hiking and climbing on surprisingly good snow and summited around 11:30 am. After an hour on the summit we descended to some really soft snow and the post holing began. Once we finally descended off of the snow back onto the trail it became very warm and the creek crossing was a welcome site. Beer’s and burgers in Lake Louise finished off a pretty perfect day. One of my top 5 favourite trips of all time.
The crossing was really easy being only knee deep.
We took our time hiking up the trail because we kept stopping to take pictures, like this….
Finally made it up to the snow
Snow was pretty soft down low which made for some pretty tough post-holing
Our objective finally coming into view
View from the summit
Descending from the summit, snow was still surprisingly stable
Some pretty comical post-holing. This one took about 10 minutes to dig out