Movement was easy over the icy surface of the Annette Plateau. There were few crevasses to negotiate and the ones we could see were easily avoided. Of course under the surface ice and snow it's hard to know what is there. We encountered the occassional snow depression that seemed to stretch on forever but with the hard conditions and a bit of probing we crossed over without incident.
Finally we arrived at Sladden Saddle at the Base of Mt Sealy. The presence of recent soft snow avalanches were a good indication that we were about to undertake our first battle with the mountains. The terrain steepened and the exertion increased. One of the avalanches can just be seen below where Rod's sitting.
With this being Rod's first Mountaineering experience I decided now was a good time to put the climbing, belaying, and anchoring techniques into practice. Four 45m pitches later after rounding a few crevasses and using various techniques we had almost ascended the saddle. My anticipation was at an all time high and I couldn't wait to get my first glimpse of the actual route to the summit. Of course over the next hour things changed and the summit just seemed further away...