On Saturday, June 30 2007, I joined Sonny, Kelly, Jess, Frank, Jason and Raff for a fun trip up Panorama Ridge near Consolation Lakes in the Morainne Lakes area of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
The original idea to scramble Panorama Ridge was from Sonny and he was most interested in the traverse of the ridge as documented by Dow Williams on his web site. I was mostly only interested in bagging another 'Kane peak' so I decided right away that I would try to get both the ridge and the Tower of Babel while Sonny would do his traverse. Kelly was going to descend on her own and wait for us.
As the trip evolved, more people became interested until we had a nice group going. This made the relatively boring scramble a lot more pleasant.
Don't get me wrong. The scenery is hard to beat on this trip! It's just that the actually scrambling is pretty much non-existent. I think Sonny had the right idea by going straight up the ridge instead of curling around to climbers right. It sounded like him and Kelly had some interesting scrambling once they started traversing over the ridge to the summit. Of course you don't even actually reach the highest point on the ridge unless you do the traverse - but you do accomplish the Kane route. You will also get wet feet if you decide to do this scramble while the water is high.
Because of the lateness of the day and the fact that so many people would have to wait for him, Sonny decided against doing the traverse. I'm sure he'll be back to do it though. Again - fabulous views for a small amount of effort but not the most exciting scrambling I've ever done! The company is what made this trip fun. For better scrambling I headed down before anyone else and managed to bag Tower of Babel in the same day - a highly recommended two peak day to make things a bit more interesting.