McDonell Peak (Mount Fraser)

April 26, 2015

3275m

Jasper – Tonquin Valley, AB/BC

McDonell Peak is the second highest peak (among Simon, McDonell and Bennington) on Mt. Fraser massive in Jasper’s Tonquin Valley, but the most frequently ascended. The reason is simple – it’s the easiest among the three. Ben, Liam and I did it as a bonus objective in addition to the ascent of Simon Peak, the main summit of Mt. Fraser. The approach and return is all written in Simon Peak’s trip report. The ascent of McDonell via its South Ridge wasn’t easy given the winter condition. Lots of caution was required negotiating the rime covered features.

McDonell Peak - our 2nd objective

McDonell Peak – a view along its south ridge in the morning

Me ascending the S. Ridge of McDonell. Photo by Ben

Me ascending the S. Ridge of McDonell. Photo by Ben

Higher up. Photo by Ben

Higher up. Photo by Ben

Ben and Liam following up

Ben and Liam following up

Mt. Erebus looks small from here!

Mt. Erebus looks small from here!

Ben arriving at the summit

Ben arriving at the summit

Looking down at the backside of the Ramparts from the summit

Looking down at the backside of the Ramparts from the summit

Bennington Peak is the lowest summit on Mt. Fraser massive

Bennington Peak is the lowest summit on Mt. Fraser massive

Me on the summit of McDonell Peak

Me on the summit of McDonell Peak

Time to descend. Photo by Ben

Time to descend. Photo by Ben

A panorama view from near the summit. Click to view large size.

A panorama view from near the summit. Click to view large size.

Behind Throne and Blackhorn are Sorrow and Edith Cavell.

Behind Throne and Blackhorn are Sorrow and Edith Cavell.

Some careful foot placements around this part

Some careful foot placements around this part

More of the descent

More of the descent

Me continuing down the S. Ridge. Photo by Ben

Me continuing down the S. Ridge. Photo by Ben

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