We didn't start up the Lake O'Hara access road as the Scrambles book recommended, but rather we took the trail to Ross Lake. Our reasons were two-fold. Before committing ourselves to the descent route that Kane suggests, we wished to study the goat track to Ross Lake. Second, rainfall from the previous night had drenched the forest; the several hundred metres of extra bushwhacking would have left us soaked at the start of our trip.
Gert, Dinah and I covered more distance than the direct approach, but it placed us at the same spot above the treeline where the grand views begin. We hiked and scrambled to the summit. The descent route via Ross Lake turned out to be straightforward.
Narao Peak seen from Paget Peak
Plodding up endless talus
Heading to the ridge crest
We finally make it to the ridge
Looking east at the cirque above Ross Lake
Gert hikes along a cliff
Typical climbing on the ridge. When the scrambling looked difficult, we went around
to the right.
Scrambling up the chimney
A closer look at the chimney
Looking for a place to regain the ridge
A closer look at the two summits
Almost at the summit
On the summit looking east at an unnamed glacier
Heading back down the talus slope
Starting on the goat track above Ross Lake
Following a goat trail on the ledge on the return trip
Looking back along the slope
Heading down to the lake
From Ross Lake, the ledge appears as a long green line part way up the face
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