20140712: Mount Fairview & Mount Aberdeen attempt (Lake Louise, Banff)
Saturday: We decided to ascend Mount Fairview, the prominent mountain to the southeast of Lake Louise, from the Saddleback col. It’s a very popular route but even on a sunny Saturday the trail wasn’t very busy. Just under 12 kilometers. A great day with friends and family. Some of us had a bit of energy to do the 2km round trip to the Fairview Lookout; why not. Late lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, drinks at Deer Lodge, ice cream at the Lake Louise Village, BBQ at the Lake Louise campground (which I skipped in order to get to bed early). How do you beat a day like that.
Sunday: I met up with the K7 Climbing group attempting Mount Aberdeen, start time 3am from Lake Louise. We were already in tshirts and sweating under the full moon, only a kilometer into the Saddleback trail. The plan was to attain the Aberdeen drainage from the Saddleback col, then head up the glacier tongue to summit, and back down the other side to Paradise Valley for a 12 hour day. Due to several reasons we made an early decision to turn around. We then thought about heading to Mount Temple but it would have made for a 17 hour day… so we packed it in (plus, some people had done a long difficult scramble, Mount Smuts, the previous day, while others had spent their Saturday doing Eiffel Peak. Energy all around was rather low). Still, 6 hours of hiking – that must count for something.