Athabasca, North Face. In early August, Duane Soper and I climbed the small but steep north face of the west summit of Athabasca. This face.was traversed from right to left earlier this summer by Hans Fuhrer and party. We approached the left side of the face as directly as possible through a section of crevasses and seracs. From the bergschrund just right of a prominent patch of bare rock we made five and a half 200-foot leads of ice directly to the top. There was very steep ice at the schrund and some 55° sections above.