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Redoubt Mountain

Summit Elevation (m): 2902
Trip Date: Thursday, September 8, 2005
Elevation Gain (m): 777 
Round Trip Time (hr): unknown
Total Trip Distance (km): 18
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2/3 – you fall, you break something
Difficulty Notes: Moderate scrambling on the Kane route. Note that we ascended from our camp at Baker Lake before exiting the Skoki area.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps


The only Kane scramble in the Skoki that was left after 3 days of scrambling was Redoubt Mountain. Jon, Rod and I packed up our camp at Baker Lake early on Thursday morning, September 8 2005 to head for Boulder Pass. We quickly made our way to the pass and while Rod continued on to Halfway Hut, Jon and I dropped out heavy packs and skirted the south shore of Ptarmigan Lake.

Redoubt Mountain Route Map

We were soon grunting up yet another Skoki scree slope (say that 12 times over) and trying to follow a logical line of cairns up through the cliff bands to the first ridge on Redoubt. For most of the trip Jon was in the lead but on Redoubt I was in turbo mode. The weather didn’t look that promising and now that we were finally on the last scramble I really wanted to nail the summit badly. Originally we hadn’t planned on bagging Redoubt but since the trip had gone so well it was worth a shot.

Looking across the bowl from the north ridge to the far NW ridge (R) that we have to use to access the summit.

We came up the first ridge gasping for air and soon were staring down at the 100+ meters of elevation loss into the bowl under the summit ridge. This was not a pleasant sight but we grunted down it and immediately started up the final ridge. It was sort of depressing to realize we were originally only regaining height we had already climbed but once we hit the fun stuff we soon forget about that. The final 150 m of ridge was exciting hands-on scrambling that I would classify as upper moderate to low difficult. The rock was solid in places but you have to be very careful not to pull the occasional loose boulder onto yourself.

Hidden Lake, Richardson, Pika, Ptarmigan and Fossil (R) from the NW ridge plateau.
The fun scrambling terrain under the summit on the NW ridge.

Eventually we came to the tilted tabletop summit and made our way slowly to the final cairn of our epic Skoki trip. As we shook hands on the summit we both realized that we had set the bar pretty high on this trip and that it would probably be a while before we repeated something like this. At least another year anyway.

Corral Creek runs out from bottom center to bottom left. Peaks include (L to R), Temple, Hungabee, Lefroy, Victoria, Collier, Cathedral and Whitehorn.
Looking over Brachiopod and Tilted (R) towards the huge forms of Mount Douglas and St. Bride.

The descent was straightforward and before long we were plodding our way back down the Corral Creek road to the parking lot with full minds and tired bodies.

Redoubt Mountain
Preparing to hike out of our camp at Baker Lake in early morning light.
Preparing to hike out of our camp at Baker Lake in early morning light.
These guys are better scramblers than most!
These guys are better scramblers than most!
Loose terrain from Ptarmigan Lake to the first ridge.
Loose terrain from Ptarmigan Lake to the first ridge.
Jon comes up the first (north) ridge.
Jon comes up the first (north) ridge.
Looking across the bowl from the north ridge to the far NW ridge (R) that we have to use to access the summit.
Looking across the bowl from the north ridge to the far NW ridge (R) that we have to use to access the summit.
Jon comes up the broad shoulder on the NW ridge that leads to the summit.
Jon comes up the broad shoulder on the NW ridge that leads to the summit.
Across the bowl, looking up the NW ridge to the summit.
Across the bowl, looking up the NW ridge to the summit.
The fun scrambling terrain under the summit on the NW ridge.
The fun scrambling terrain under the summit on the NW ridge.
Fun scrambling on the NW ridge to the summit.
Fun scrambling on the NW ridge to the summit.
Fun scrambling on the NW ridge to the summit.
Fun scrambling on the NW ridge to the summit.
Bident, Quadra and Mount Fay (L to R).
Bident, Quadra and Mount Fay (L to R).
72 hours ago we were starting the Kane Skoki scrambles from Hidden Lake. From L to R, Richardson, Pika and Ptarmigan.
72 hours ago we were starting the Kane Skoki scrambles from Hidden Lake. From L to R, Richardson, Pika and Ptarmigan.
Temple, Little Temple, Hungabee, Sheol, Haddo, Aberdeen, Lefroy, Victoria, Victoria North, Whyte, Niblock and Piran.
Temple, Little Temple, Hungabee, Sheol, Haddo, Aberdeen, Lefroy, Victoria, Victoria North, Whyte, Niblock and Piran.
Lychnis rises over Anthozoan at left with Bonnet at distant right.
Lychnis rises over Anthozoan at left with Bonnet at distant right.
Mount Douglas (L) and St. Bride (R).
Mount Douglas (L) and St. Bride (R).
Vern and Jon on the summit of Redoubt.
Vern and Jon on the summit of Redoubt.
Summit cairn with Lake Louise and Mount Victoria in the bg.
Summit cairn with Lake Louise and Mount Victoria in the bg.
Half-way hut is far below!
Half-way hut is far below!
Looking over Ptarmigan and Redoubt Lakes and Deception Pass past Fossil towards Drummond, Cyclone and Pipestone.
Looking over Ptarmigan and Redoubt Lakes and Deception Pass past Fossil towards Drummond, Cyclone and Pipestone.
Looking over Brachiopod and Tilted (R) towards the huge forms of Mount Douglas and St. Bride.
Looking over Brachiopod and Tilted (R) towards the huge forms of Mount Douglas and St. Bride.
Views over Whitehorn Mountain and the Lake Louise ski resort.
Views over Whitehorn Mountain and the Lake Louise ski resort.
Corral Creek exits at bottom center. Lake Louise giants in the distance including Temple & Victoria.
Corral Creek exits at bottom center. Lake Louise giants in the distance including Temple & Victoria.
Vern fills in his last Kane Skoki summit register.
Vern fills in his last Kane Skoki summit register.
There is now an established moderate scrambling route directly up to the NW ridge from below.
There is now an established moderate scrambling route directly up to the NW ridge from below.
Vern descends the NW ridge.
Vern descends the NW ridge.
Vern descends the NW ridge.
Vern descends the NW ridge.
Vern on the NW ridge with Pika (L) and Ptarmigan (C) in the bg.
Vern on the NW ridge with Pika (L) and Ptarmigan (C) in the bg.
Hidden Lake, Richardson, Pika, Ptarmigan and Fossil (R) from the NW ridge plateau.
Hidden Lake, Richardson, Pika, Ptarmigan and Fossil (R) from the NW ridge plateau.
Mount Temple from near Boulder Pass.
Mount Temple from near Boulder Pass.
Looking up at the steep west face of Redoubt from near the half-way hut.
Looking up at the steep west face of Redoubt from near the half-way hut.
Corral Creek.
Corral Creek.
Descending the Lake Louise ski-out road. Better on bikes!
Descending the Lake Louise ski-out road. Better on bikes!
Crossing Corral Creek on the way back to the parking lot.
Crossing Corral Creek on the way back to the parking lot.

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