Richardson, Mount


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Monday, September 5, 2005
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Difficulty Notes: 

No major difficulties. Mostly an easy scramble with some minor route finding.

Trip Report
Jon, Rod and I scrambled Mount Richardson under a cloudy, snowy sky on September 5. The weather didn't look very promising at first and for most of our ascent we had no idea where the actual summit was! The day had started out great however, when we got a ride up the 4km Louise fire road so we were in excellent spirits despite the gloomy start to our 3 day trip. Our plan was to stay the first night at the Hidden Lake campground while bagging the three Kane peaks in the area (Richardson, Pika and Ptarmigan). The second day we'd move our base to Baker Lake for two nights. From there we'd complete the Kane Skoki scrambles, provided that we had the energy and the weather of course!
The first part of our hide to the Hidden Lake campground went quickly and soon we were setting up camp and heading out to attempt our first peak - Richardson.

[It's a grey day as we head up the Boulder Pass trail to the Hidden Lake turn off.]

[Lovely Hidden Lake]

[Hidden Lake outlet stream]
Even though we couldn't see the route most of the time it was pretty obvious from cairns and a faint trail. The upper mountain was covered in cloud and it even started snowing on us at one point but we made it up. There was quite a bit of snow at the top but the views were still incredible.

[Looking back at Redoubt from the lower ascent slope on Richardson]

[Hidden Lake below, cliff bands that we will avoid on climber's left above.]

[Rod follows the trail upwards]
[Jon on the ascent with lovely terrain opening up towards the Lake Louise ski hill.]

[It's a gray and cold day]

[Looking over at the ascent route for Ptarmigan Peak - which was the next one on our list for this day...]

[Lake Louise]

[Hidden Lake from the summit slopes with our campground nearby and Redoubt in the background.]

[Another shot of Redoubt. Our approach comes in from the right and Boulder Pass at lower left.]

[Vern on the ascent]

[Great views from the summit! ;)]
After the obligatory summit photos we continued on the upper ridge to scope out the alternate descent route to the Richardson / Pika col. One quick glance down to the col had us convinced that this would not be the day to attempt it. The clouds would move in quickly and when the clouds were around us we would have no idea where the snow slope was or where we were. Since none of us had axes along (or crampons for that matter) we probably wouldn't have done the traverse even in clear weather.

[That's an impressive summit cairn!]

[Looking down at the Lake Louise ski hill with Lake Louise in the far background]

[The lovely Lake Merlin.]

[Jon with Mount Hector in the bg]

[Checking out the summit ridge / alternate descent to the Pika col]

[The impressive "Wall of Jericho" stretches NE from the summit.]

[Looking at the ascent slope for Pika Peak on descent of Richardson.]
I highly recommend this peak. Not an especially difficult scramble but great views at the top and a chance to bag the highest scramble in the Skoki area. This trip could also be done in a day from the parking lot, especially with bikes on the 4km approach road. After bagging our first peak of the trip, it was time to try the second one - Ptarmigan Peak.


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