October 15, 2005
I got the idea of climbing this ridge after seeing it from Red Ridge. It has no name probably because it's mostly invisible from the road, but it's higher and redder than Red Ridge so I call it Red2.
Using the same trail that we used to access Red Ridge we hiked along the unnamed creek. Where the creek bends to the right, we followed it, keeping on the left bank. I wasn't sure if we should take a direct route and head straight for the ridge crest or stay low and follow the drainage until it curved around to the likely drier and gentler southwest slopes. In the end, though, we tired of the trees and ascended the ridge.
As the trees thinned we got a better view of the ridge: it didn't look good for continuing up. The cliff bands above us looked insurmountable. We tried traversing along the slope above the treeline but the terrain became treacherous with steep, slippery sections. We decided to turn around. We headed to the north shoulder that abuts Red2 and followed it down to the creek.Three days later I returned to the area. I wanted to see if Red2 was feasible by this route in dry conditions. To best view the southwest slopes, I climbed the north ridge of Mount Buller. That view indicated Red2 would probably be impossible to do as a scramble as a west approach. Our route was doomed from the start.
A short ways up the trail and Red2 comes into view.
Ascending the slope with Spray Lakes in the background.
We turn back shortly after this point.
Mount Nestor in the background.
On the shoulder looking up at cliff bands.
Looking back at Mount Buller as we descend down the shoulder.
Close up of Mount Buller.
We descend easily down the north shoulder
Three days later (and after a few inches of snow) it's evident that cliff bands
bar the way to the summit (mouseover for a close up). We reached the
shoulder on the left, above the treeline.
82 J14 Sprays Lakes Reservoir
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