Back up to Rampart Creek – Weeping Wall and more snow

Wall of light Weeping Wall

I will try to catch up we headed up North to Weeping Wall up the Jasper Highway even fewer cars on it than before and more snow than ever. We tried to find some climbs near Wildfowl lake but no joy due to deep snow, there was also none on the Weeping Wall when we passed. It was back up to Jasper in hard-driving conditions, even less traffic.

Roads a bit dogy?

Then it was another drive back to Rampart Creek Hostel to find we were sharing it with a big party from Yamuska the Glenmore Lodge of Canada! It was fairly busy with so many in the small cooking area but we coped. Also the walk outside for 150 meters to the outside toilet keep one busy and at my age during the night even harder in minus ten degrees. The rooms are warm though and it is in such a remote area it was really worth a second visit.

Rampart Creek wood shed!

Then it was off to the Weeping Wall it was minus 12 most of the day but the sun did come out eventually. We had fun, Dan again on Central Pillar and Left Hand route in some crazy spindrift, what a wild place to be. The sun was ever-changing and the whole wall at times covered in a shower of spindrift really beautiful but hard work. It was hard work in the deep snow as Ned is showing below getting to the climbs. The avalanche danger has still got to be watched especially on the shelves that split the pitches on the steep Weeping Wall.  More to follow.

Hard work in deep snow


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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