August 18, 2009 Raff and I summitted the remote and
rugged Recondite Peak.
First thing, the approach is very long. Second, the peak is
actually a fun climb, even with 5 to 15 centimetres of
melting snow and dripping water. The easy slog, crappy
down slopping slab with dirt and pebbles, ending with
difficult scrambling and a technical notch were very
enjoyable, but the view in all directions to both familiar
and unknown peaks is incredible.
We did find a good trail on the way out and would
recommending staying on this trail as much as possible.
Even with the length of the approach, the setting stirs the
soul; endless vistas, open meadows, unknown peaks and
fresh bear scat.
On the peak itself, an easy scree hike takes you to the
�tower�, moderate downclimbing on climbers right get
you to the best part. We mostly stayed on the ridge
proper from the �tower� to the notch and found the best
rock on the ridge. At the notch it is easy to set an anchor
to rap and the final difficult scramble to the summit is
fun, but more of a challenge with wet snow. The descent
is fairly straight forward, when you leave a top rope at the
notch (the upclimb was about 5.4, downclimbable for hard
The toughest part of this peak is the approach; depending
on how much time you want to take. Raff and I did it in
3.5 days and it hurt. Our first day was casual, Sunday,
August 16, we left the truck around 3:00 pm; then a nice
5 hours of hiking, beautiful creek side bivy. Day two
about ten hours of tough hiking to our highest bivy.
Then summit day was about 12 hours of climbing.
Yesterday was the most painful part; 12 hours of very
hard hiking, not including our long breaks.
Raff has posted a bunch of photos at:
Topic: Recondite Peak (2 of 10)
Author: Kevin Papke
Date: Friday, August 21, 2009 08:41 AM
Good work Guys. Raff you must feel 100% now. I have a friend who hired a guide and they got almost to the rappel and the guide called the trip off due to threat of rain. (it stayed sunny all day). That was a crappy call. They did the trip in 3 days also except the guide lost his helmet in a river crossing and was extremely nervous about bears.
Glad to see you were not eaten.