The Climbs - Alberta: Mount Columbia
Summits of Canada Expedition began with the first
climb on June 25, 2006 with an attempt on Mount Columbia.
Though the team was initially unsuccessful, they rallied
and came back in August of the same year to complete their
The team has started 2015 with a return visit to the snow
laden slopes of where it all began.
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details and information about this unique Canadian highpoint.
Enjoying Mount Columbia's Peak
and Icefields - May, 2015
Luck would have it that a high pressure
air mass moved in to enable the Summits of Canada team of Len
Vanderstar, Marc Aymerich, Marta Vegas, Michel and Brigitte Theriault
to gain the Columbia Icefield, summit beautiful Mount Columbia
@ 11:15 a.m, May 12 and make their way back down the Athabasca
Glacier on a six day ski tour.
The uniqueness and wonder of this expanse of snow and ice within
the Canadian Rockies warranted a return by the Summits of Canada
team. This was the first Mount Columbia ascent by Marc, Marta,
Michel and Brigitte and Lenís second ascent.
Observable changes have taken place on the Athabasca Glacier over
the past decade (recalling the first ascent of Mt. Columbia by
the Summits of Canada team on Aug. 12, 2006) due to climatic warming.
A reduction of volume on the glacier was noted.
The Columbia Icefield in general appears to be changing at a lesser
rate, but this is likely due to its massive size and elevation
(cooler temperature). May is an optimum time to visit the Columbia
Icefield since many of the crevasses are snow filled, route finding
is easier, and the snow conditions are conducive to skiing and
Summits of Canada Expedition Co-ordinator.
the Summits of Canada Expedition Team - 2006
"Teaching Canadians and the World about Canada
- One Step At A Time"