from Banded Peak
and Outlaw Peaks
May 28, 2005
of the fine weather, Dinah and I decided to bag two peaks, even though Dinah wasn't feeling well; unknowingly she had become dehydrated when we
climbed Mount Lady Macdonald the day before. While biking to the
trailhead to Banded Peak, she suffered from fatigue, headache and
sore muscles. Realizing she was dehydrated, we stopped frequently
so she could rest and drink water. Two hours after starting out, she felt a bit better, and we traded our
cycling cleats for hiking boots. We slowly headed up the trail.
We had no trouble following the trail to the basin until it disappeared
when it hit solid rock. We climbed the east slope expecting to
spot the trail from above but no such luck. The trail, if there was
ran along the bottom before heading up the west slope. But most of the valley
was under snow, so we traversed a talus slope and then, after squeezing
between slabs below and cliff bands above, we reached the Banded-Outlaw
Although Outlaw Peak filled our view while going up the basin,
until we arrived on the col that we finally saw our first objective,
Dinah still hadn’t fully recovered, and as we crunched up the loose
shale it was touch and go if she would make the summit. Eventually
though, we found ourselves standing next to Banded's summit cairn looking
at the bewildering contents of the register canister: toys cars, music
CDs, a key chain, a slide rule and other stuff. A
card read: “Congratulations! You have found Banded Peak
The register held a September entry congratulating the first
adventurers to arrive on the peak since the placement of the
cache. We weren't the first to summit Bandit this year; another
party beat us by five days.
Summiting Banded Peak infused Dinah with new energy, and now she wanted to bag Outlaw Peak. We dropped down to the col and
headed up Outlaw. Like Banded, it too was little more than a pile of scree.
The loose rock here was worse than that on Banded Peak. It seemed
to go on forever, but quicker than we expected, we were on the
Outlaw. After skimming the summit register and taking some photos,
we made our way down. We had no trouble finding scree runs for
descent to the col.
Soon we were navigating through the basin. Under the blazing
sun, water from melting snow trickled, flowed, and roared. The
water was all around us. The din gradually diminished as we hiked
down the trail to retrieve our bikes.
MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
Outlaw Peak (L) and Banded
On the trail to Banded and Outlaw Peaks
Trail cuts into a scree slope for a long way
Soon after this we lose
the trail. Outlaw Peak is on the left.
From the Outlaw-Banded col
we head up Banded Peak. Cougar Mountain is on the left.
There was no trail going up Banded Peak
I made a remarkable find: a rock cutlass!
Endless scree up Banded Peak (click for a larger image)
Grinding up the scree slope
On the summit of Banded Peak
Someone set up a geocache on the top of Banded Peak. Jimi Hendrix CD anyone?
Returning to the col, we head for Outlaw Peak (click for a larger image)
Looking back at Banded Peak from the col (click for a larger image)
Rock band above was easy to get through
The scree on Outlaw Peak seemed
softer than the scree on Banded Peak!
Taking the last steps to bag Outlaw
On the summit of Outlaw
Summit panorama from Outlaw Peak
What was a trickle in the morning is now a torrent as we exited the basin
Heading down to the valley
82 J/10 Mount Rae
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