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Modified 28-Jun-15
Created 28-Jun-15
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Pretty much everyone who scrambles Mount Niles ends up taking this shot of it reflected in Sherbrooke Lake, but I still had to capture it for myself!Mount Niles had enough snow on it that I wasn't sure what I was going to be up against, so I had a back up plan in case I didn't reach the summit.I don't get the opportunity to photograph many lakes so it was hard to not take this shot of Cathedral Mountain. I also liked the way the sunlight hit part of the bottom and made it visible.False Hellebore isn't the type of plant that looks like it belongs high in the Rockies. I would expect something like this in a tropical rainforest though.Mount Ogden has an incredible profile from this side and I really like the rock outcrop to the right of it. The pinnacle almost looks like a hippopotamus standing upright!This was an extremely impressive pinnacle on the way up. There was enough hard snow in this steep section that I wouldn't have made it any further without ice axe and crampons.This is an unnamed lake that feeds Takakkaw Falls. The highest mountain on the left includes the summit of both The President (completely snow covered) and Vice President (to its right).When you are almost at the top, the Waputik Icefield and the Daly Glacier come into view. This was one of the most desolate landscapes I have ever seen.Here I am at the summit on an unbelievably gorgeous day. The peaks in the distance include Lefroy, Victoria, Huber, Biddle (by itself) Cathedral, and the Goodsir Towers.I am pretty sure the glacier below Mount Balfour is called the Fairy Glacier, but I have no idea why it received that name.This was one of the wildest valleys I have ever visited. Mount Stephen is on the left with snowy Mount Vaux to its right. Pointy Mount Odgen is just below Mount Field which connects to Wapta Mountain.It is hard to beat summit views like this! Getting here is a lot of work though as you can see from how far away Sherbrook Lake is (the highway is even further).I really liked the variety of colorful rock in this valley. That fact, along with the surrounding jagged peaks and tons of snow made for a great destination.This angle makes Niles look squashed, but the lighting was too good to pass up. You can just see the pinnacle (on the left) which marks the access point for scrambling.I had to take one more reflection shot!