Climbing and Photographing the Ten Peaks

This summer, I climbed the tenth and final summit of the famous “Ten Peaks” that tower over Moraine Lake. I didn’t originally set out to climb all of them, but after I completed the first few it grew into a side project to climb the rest and photograph from their summits. The resulting photos from this journey have recently been featured on Crowfoot Media in an interview with Kyla Jacobs!


From the summit of Mt. Bowlen, with Moraine Lake far below. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
From the summit of Mt. Bowlen, with Moraine Lake far below. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

KJ/ Did you originally set out with the goal of climbing the Ten Peaks?

PZ/ Not at all. A few years ago I had the opportunity to stay in the Neil Colgan Hut, Canada’s highest permanent structure between Mounts Little and Bowlen. This was a chance to climb some of the peaks that I’d been photographing for some time, but from one thousand meters higher. It was the perfect occasion to shoot in the opposite direction, down onto Moraine Lake.

After this first trip, climbing the remaining peaks to photograph from their summits became a side project that took seven years to complete, the last peak being Wenkchemna, which I climbed this past July.

KJ/ Which was your most memorable climb in the Ten Peaks?

PZ/ Deltaform Mountain (Peak 8). I climbed with a friend, the conditions were spot on and I was able to head home having captured several images I liked.

On this particular climb, we spent the night at one of the most stunning bivy sites I’ve ever experienced. Perched up between Peaks 8 and 9 on a crystal clear night, the auroras came out. After looking at these peaks from below for quite some time, it was memorable, to say the least.

KJ/ Which peak was the most challenging?


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