We all had our reasons for climbing Mount Bogart. For Dinah and I it was another tick in Kane's Scrambles book. For Phil, it was another tick on his list of peaks seen from Calgary.. As for Caroline, she had wanted to climb it after viewing it repeatedly from the Nakiska's chairlift.
The hike up the trail is long and uninspiring so having a small group helped pass the time with conversation. Except for encountering rain, we reached Ribbon Falls without incident. After the falls the trail steepens, crosses the rock slide, and reaches the ascent drainage. (The book says it's 11 km to the falls, but our GPS receivers indicated it was 10 km to the drainage.)
Kane's next instruction is puzzling: "Follow the goat trails up green slopes on the left-hand side of the drainage...." Some important description is left out. To reach the green slope from the trail we had to hike up a grass slope, scramble up some exposed cliff bands and then cross the drainage to the left side.
After hiking up the green slope we came to a ledge that leads to the basin. The basin was surprisingly cold and windy. We immediately sought shelter in a pile of boulders, but frightened a marmot into its den. After a long break, we set off for the summit. Long breaks would stretch our trip time well beyond the suggested book time. Routefinding also added time.
Following the route in Kane's photo, we went up the left side of the gully. It was mostly scree, but some solid rock offered a reprieve from the slog. Above the scree, Mount Bogart displays a complex of cliff bands. However, one landmark does stand out: a round buttress. The gully, Kane's crux, is just right of this buttress.
After some scrambling, we reached the bottom of the gully only to find water flowing down it. When dry, this gully would probably be fine to ascend but we didn't want to try it wet. After searching, we noticed a cairn on top of a chimney left of the gully. It was an alternative route, albeit a difficult scramble. After ascending the chimney, we hiked to the summit.
We spent a half an hour on the summit enjoying the vista. If it hadn't been so cold and windy we would have stayed longer. We retraced our steps back to the scree slope.
On the descent, we again stayed west of the drainage but strayed farther away where we found good scree that took us quickly down to the basin. After a break at the boulder pile, we made our way to the trail. The long day and the long hike back on the trail took its toll and by the time we reached Phil's truck everyone was complaining about having sore feet.
We start down the trail under cloudy skies
Ribbon Creek Falls
Photo shows the route. There is a faint trail in the rocks but we missed it on our ascent.
The exposed scrambling at the start was unavoidable
We could have avoided this section by traversing left to the green slope
This ledge leads to the basin
Mount Bogart from the basin
The wind ruffles the fur of a resident marmot
Our route from the basin. Mouse over for a close up of the chimney (C) and gully (G).
The long trudge up the slope
Some fossils we found on the way up
High above the basin
On our left, the west ridge of Mount Bogart
The scree finally gives way to solid rock
Following a rock band to reach the gully
We didn't attempt the gully because of the flowing water
We scrambled up this chimney instead
Skirting the rock band above the chimney
Minutes away from the summit
It was cold and windy on the summit
A couple of interesting entries before us. (We had trouble removing the oversized register too.)
Assisting Caroline down the chimney (mouse over to see the down view)
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