Mt Jimmy Simpson

Bow Lake from Num-Ti Jah Lodge

Bow Lake from Num-Ti- Jah Lodge

 

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.

View of the Ledge area with a rough red line of route

View of the Ledge area with a rough red line of route

Steps heady around the creek

Steps heading up around the creek.

The route taken through the ledges

The route taken through the ledges.

The route before the ledges

The route before the ledges. Go left and around the back of the trees.

Bow Falls

Bow Falls

The route to start the ledges

The route to start the ledges. Go left of the lower trees along the rock face

Starting along the ledges

Starting along the ledges

On the ledges

On the ledges

The only hands on piece on the ledges

The only hands on piece on the ledges

End of the ledges heading for the gully

End of the ledges heading for the gully

Gully ahead with the patches of snow

Gully ahead with the patches of snow

We came either over the snow below or just to the right

We came either over the snow below or just to the right

Bow lake from the summit

Bow lake from the summit

Peyto Glacier Mt Thompson and Portal Peak

Peyto Glacier Mt Thompson and Portal Peak. Coming up from the col

Mt Baker and Trapper Peak

Mt Baker and Trapper Peak and Peyto Glacier

First view of Caldron lake

First view of Caldron lake

Kicking in the heals to descend the snow patch in the gully

Kicking in the heals to descend the snow patch in the gully

MtJimmySimpson

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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

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