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Portal Peak looms above us on the right with The Onion on the left as we cross Bow Lake.The Bow Glacier approach canyon.Breaking out of the approach canyon is always a steep grunt. This is also where most avalanche hazard is.Breaking out of the approach canyon is always a steep grunt. This is also where most avalanche hazard is.Traversing towards the back bowl under the Bow Hut and Vulture Peak.Traversing towards the back bowl under the Bow Hut and Vulture Peak.Wietse and Bill follow Kev and I up the steep headwall under the Bow Hut, part of Crowfoot Mountain in the bg.Approaching the Bow Hut and The Onion.Heading up the Wapta from the hut, The Onion ahead.Looking back at the (bare) approach to the hut and Crowfoot Mountain.Ascending the Wapta Glacier.Ascending the Wapta Glacier.Kev breaks trail with Thompson and Portal in the distance at right.Finally we can start contouring back to Thompson (C). At least the clouds are holding off so far.Approaching the windswept SW slopes of Thompson.The long slog begins - Wietse and Kev dropped their skis before Bill and I.Bill tries to ski as high as possible on the windswept SW slopes of Thompson.Doesn't look too bad eh? Looks can be somewhat deceiving in the mountains.Looking past Portal Peak towards Crowfoot Mountain.The crappy ascent conditions are made up for with stunning views back over the Wapta, in this case towards Rhondda and Habel.