|On a ridge above Green Timber Creek|
|A look across the ridge heading north|
|On the ridge top above the Fairview Plateau with a glimpse of Haystack Butte|
Grandpa's Ridge? For want of another name we call it this because my climbing partner, Mark Hertenstein was expecting to become a grandfather for the first time within hours. I already am one!
|Shangri La below Mount Wilbur, an off-trail climb in Glacier|
|Katie working her way up the cliff band into Shangri La|
|Katie in Shangri La!|
My wife, Katie, wanted a taste of it and she did great!
This is an off-trail adventure on the north-facing flank of Mount Wilbur in Glacier National Park that takes the climber to a gorgeous lake in an alpine meadow and then down steeply into Iceberg Lake. A good climber's trail is picked up near Red Rocks Lake on the Swiftcurrent Trail that leads to the base of a steep band of cliffs drained by a creek fed by snow that is present most of the summer. There are several Class 3 moves at the beginning of this climb through the bands. Once on top the cliffs, move toward the creek, follow it and it opens up into a beautiful, shallow lake below Wilbur's north face in an alpine meadow filled with colorful wildflowers. Proceed to a saddle west and above the lake and a trail climbs to a scree field above Iceberg Lake.
|Our first look at Iceberg Lake from ridge above Shangri La. We descended steep scree to Iceberg|