I've wanted to do a 4 peak day on Castle for a long time already. Unfortunately this was not to be that day.
On Saturday, June 17 2006, Wietse Bijlsma and I attempted a traverse of Helena Ridge, Stuart Knob, Castle North and Television Peak. We started at around 07:00 from the Rockbound Lake trail parking lot and soon were ascending quickly up the wide fire road. To be honest, this part was not as bad as I was worried it would be. The road is obviously easy to navigate and we could chat the whole way up. Soon we were 800 meters higher than the trailhead and passing Rockbound Lake.
[The day starts off pretty bright.]
[The cliffs surrounding Tower Lake are dark and brooding in the early morning light.]
[A waterfall plunges into Rockbound Lake from the second plateau.]
[The locals are curious.]
[Panorama of Rockbound Lake. ++]
Wietse had a good idea to do Helena Ridge first, rather than last and I readily agreed. We were both suffering some cold symptoms and the weather wasn't cooperating 100% either. Dark clouds were covering Castle North as we climbed the lower rubbly slopes of Helena Ridge.
Towards the top the weather started to clear again and we enjoyed the expansive views. After some quick pictures we started down the west ridge of Helena, heading towards Stuart Knob. This was fun scrambling and soon we were on the ridge to Stuart Knob. As we traversed over the ridge the weather continued to pull interesting tricks out of its sleeve. First there was some snow, than some rain and obviously some more severe weather was moving up the valley to the south.
[Castle Mountain and a sparkling green Tower Lake from the ascent slope of Helena Ridge].
[Looking back east along Helena Ridge.]
[Vern and Wietse at the summit of Helena Ridge.]
[Castle Mountain and the plateau from the summit of Helena Ridge.]
[The east end of Helena Ridge from the summit of Helena Ridge.]