Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass

Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass

Emperor Peak from Monica Meadows, Purcell Mountains, Monica Meadows and Jumbo PassEmperor Peak from Monica Meadows, Purcell Mountains  #25563  Purchase

The first group of images from our 2009 fall photography trip is now ready for viewing and licensing at our online archives. There are two main locations represented, Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.  The other being the eastern slopes of Glacier National Park Montana.
Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass have been on my must see list for a number of years. They certainly were worth the wait though. Monica Meadows sports several quiet alpine basins dotted with pretty tarns and golden larches. And although it is a popular destination there were few people there on my 5 day visit. Aside from the lovely meadows the main attraction is the spectacular view across the valley. The Macbeth and Truce Groups  are impressive rugged peaks draped with large hanging glaciers.
Monica Meadows Purcell Mountains, Monica Meadows and Jumbo PassLarches along lake in Monica Meadows, Purcell Mountains  #25775  Purchase
 
A couple of miles further from Monica Meadows is the very popular Jumbo Pass. Here there are beautiful ridge walks a few small tarns and more great views. Another reason Jumbo Pass is popular is the presence of a newly refurbished alpine hut which sees regular use in the summer for hikers and skiers in the winter. While I planned on camping during my visit the cold snowy weather made this hut a welcome alternative. During my stay I read about the history of the Purcell mountains and its human presence, most notably the recent attempts to halt the development of an ill conceived ski resort in a nearby valley. I would encourage everyone reading this blog to click on the following links to learn more about this issue and take action against it.
 Monica Meadows, Purcell Mountains

Storm clouds over Monica Meadows Purcell Mountains, Monica Meadows and Jumbo PassStorm Clouds over Monica Meadows, Purcell Mountains  #25552  Purchase

Early season snowfall Jumbo Pass Purcell Mountains, Monica Meadows and Jumbo PassEarly season snowfall at Jumbo Pass, Purcell Mountains  #25984   Purchase
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I had planned on spending several days here, however a new storm threatened to bury the pass in deep snow. This change in weather prompted me to leave after only a couple of days. Although I didn’t get photos of gorgeous light on fall colors I was offered some interesting photos of stormy weather!
For some great reading on the history and culture of the Purcell and Columbia Mountains region check out the books available from MAA Press
Jumbo Pass hut Purcell Mountains, Monica Meadows and Jumbo PassJumbo Pass Hut, Purcell Mountains  #25890   Purchase
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