I had decided to scramble up Mount Sparrowhawk. After checking the forecast however, I opted for Mount Bell since there are a number of lakes along the route and it was going to be very hot. There is some dispute on which approach is best for Bell, the Taylor Lake approach as described in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, or the Boom Lake approach (which Kane also mentions, but does not emphasize as the best option). As a photographer, the Taylor Lake route seemed more appealing, as it goes through more varied terrain. The day turned out to be a lot longer than I anticipated, as the total distance was in excess of 27 kilometres, the upper portion of the ridge beyond the pass required more route finding than I imagined, and I made time for a swim in Taylor Lake on the descent. All in all I would recommend this route, as O’Brien Lake and the meltwater ponds above it are truly spectacular!