Zenfolio | Calvin Damen | Mount Burke, May 4, 2013
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Created 5-May-13
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I am pretty sure this is a Braconid Wasp. The fact that it was on top of the snow was strange to me and there were also dozens of other insects as well as spiders doing the same thing.This area really looked great with fresh spring snow everywhere. Sentinel Peak is on the right.Mount Washburn is the shapely peak in the distance and is a mountain that I would like to get a closer look at someday. On the right is Mount Gass.The Cameron Fire Lookout takes up the entire summit of Mount Burke. It is a beautiful old structure built in 1929 and has not been in use since 1953.Cache Creek Elevators and Beehive Mountain are some of the most beautiful peaks at the headwaters of the Oldman River.Just like the fire lookout on Black Rock Mountain many people have felt the urge to carve their name into the interior walls.I was lucky to have such great conditions up here this time of year.The isothermal snow forms "cinnamon rolls" as the cornices fail in the warm afternoon sun.It is hard to imagine what it was like for the people who spent summers up here in such a small structure.Baril Peak shows off its great strata with part of Raspberry Ridge below.This part of the ridge made me apprehensive when I first saw it on the way up as I was unsure of what was beneath the cornice.This is looking back up at the intimidating snow covered ridge. I used crampons and an ice axe for the narrowest part just as a precaution.Sentinel Peak was my favorite part of the view and looks especially good from this angle.I believe this is a Grizzly Bear print as the toes are close together, but I am not 100% sure.