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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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