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Red Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
August 9, 2003

We set out to explore a possible ascent of Mount Bogart from the west. The usual approach is east from Ribbon Creek, but it's long and uninspiring. A west approach via Red Ridge would also be long, but at least it appeared interesting.

After hiking 4.2 km up the northwest ridge, we reached the summit of Red Ridge where I took the above panorama. Sitting at 2650 m, 920 m above the trailhead, however, it wouldn't be the highest point we reached.

We continued along the ridge, hoping to reach the west ridge of Mount Bogart, but we ran into an insurmountable cliff band. We ended up on a high point (GR221408) that was 150 m higher than Red Ridge. We couldn't continue on to the west ridge as I had hoped but this trip set the foundation for another, more likely way to the west ridge of Mount Bogart. However, Red Ridge is a delightful hike in its own right! It's such a gentle grade that we returned to climb it as a snowshoe ascent.

KML and GPX Tracks

On the lower slopes after leaving the trail

Spray Lakes behind us

Easy hiking along the ridge

Mount Buller dominants the background

On the summit

View of the summit after leaving it

Dropping down a huge scree slope

We reached the high point second from the right

Starting up a ridge. Unnamed peak behind.

Downclimbing a short cliff band

As far as we got. We couldn't continue along the ridge ahead because of a cliff band.

Mount Bogart and it's striking west ridge seen from our turn-around point

Heading down to the tarns

Fossil looks like a nail driven in a rock

The likely way to reach the west ridge is to the col on the skyline. We reached the high point on the right but cliff bands barred the way to the col.

A family of marmots (mouse over for close-up)

Following the Sparrowhawk Tarns trail back

Heading back to our car

Butterfly on a purple fleabane

82 J/14 Spray Lakes

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