Zenfolio | Calvin Damen | Unnamed Summits North of Molar Mountain, July 23-24, 2016
Visitors 35
Modified 27-Aug-16
Created 2-Aug-16
25 photos

After over 10 km of limited views, the open area below South Molar Pass is a nice change. Noseeum Mountain's lower cliffs are on the left.Chris Boultbee poses below Noseeum Mountain. Chris had some great mountain stories and I was glad to have met him before we parted ways at the pass.Beyond the pass was a fascinating salmon-colored Karst landscape.This particular section of Karst resembled a Tyrannosaurus Rex!I scrambled up the ridge north of the one I was actually supposed to be on in order to get this view of a turquoise tarn with Noseeum Mountain in the distance.My first views of the entirety of Molar Mountain were captivating. It is such a distinctive looking peak from any angle!It isn't very often that I push on in inclement weather. The subsequent moody views towards South Molar Pass were stunning though.The scene from the first summit almost has a desert-like feel. It was really windy and drizzling at this point.Every once in a while the sun would break through between squalls and light up sections of peaks and even produce rainbows. Part of Fish Lake is visible on the left.This was perhaps the greatest play of light and shadow and occurred just before I made camp.There were large areas on the ridge-tops covered in this green lichenI could not find a suitable spot to bivy on the first summit, so I made my way down to this saddle. It had bizarre sandstone formations and the spot where I set up was like a beach.Mount Hector sports gorgeous alpenglow as seen from near my camp first thing in the morning.Molar Mountain takes on a new form as I head down from the second summit.This is looking back at the second summit while on my way to the third. Mount Willingdon can be seen on the right horizon.Here I am in front of one of the most amazing views in the Rockies. This photo does not do justice to the enormous scale of Molar Mountain from this angle.This is the best view of Mount Hector I have ever seen. A few hours later a large chunk of ice calved off the bottom of the glacier and tumbled down the cliffs.This drainage heading toward the Skoki area looked very lush.I know this is the same angle as the shot with me in it, but the exposure is better in this one!The variety and colors of rock on this trip were astounding.