It was an ambitious plan: snowshoe through Hummingbird Pass and up to Selous Ridge – then back to the saddle and up Evening Ridge – then down and up to the Whale’s Back – and finally, down and on and up Ecstasy. From there, retrace about half our steps and come down the south face of Evening Ridge.
Ambitious – yes. But we did it! All of us. Not one of us chose to be left behind and that was spectacular in a group of 10 people.
What a glorious day we picked. It was warm, the sun shone down from a bluebird sky and yes, the snow had to be knocked off our snowshoes many, many times but the stickiness worked in our favour up the Whale’s Back – no ice so we had good purchase for kicking steps up alongside the cornices.
The views were amazing. I was thrilled to move on from there and go up the far ridge where we had lunch with the best lunch view I have ever had. (this is saying something when I consider some of my lunch spots).
We had nothing but smiles and bliss all around. How could it have been otherwise?