Friday August 5 2016
Mt Jimmy Simpson trailhead is at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Situated on Bow Lake on the Icefields Parkway Hwy 93 N. For this trip I joined the Rocky Mountain Ramblers out of Calgary. Following the bank of the lake to Bow Falls. At a point on top of some old moraine a view of the Falls and the approach to Mt Jimmy Simpson is seen. The mountain never appears in view but the ledges through the trees and the rocks are in view. I have put arrows on a couple of pictures but they are just approximate and will help with the general direction. We followed cairns and tracks and it worked out. Coming back it looks different so make lot’s of mental notes and or more cairns. There is only one place where the hiking poles are put aside to scramble up an easy rock step. The rest is a hike across flat rocks and meadow type area. Followed by a small down climb into a depression before coming to another down on to the snow patch before the gully. Then it is the col ahead up a rubble rock section. We went center where there is a snow patch to a large rock. It then eases up a bit to the col. From the col it is firm flat shale to the summit. The summit is not insight and a fair old slog to the top. Well worth it for the fine views of all the glaciated peaks.
Distance return 16.0 km Time return 8:45 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1240 m Elevation to Summit 1040 m Summit height 2970 m