September 6, 2003
Instead ascending the northwest ridge of Mount Redoubt as described in the Scrambles book, we took a more direct route using the west slopes. Our approach started at Fish Creek parking but avoided going all the way to Hidden Lake. On the trail going to Hidden Lake, we turned off at the drainage where a plank bridge crosses a stream (GR562017) in a semi-open area. This is the second planked crossing along the trail, the first being in the trees.
We followed the drainage as it turned left until we reached an open area at the base of the mountain. An obvious gully leads to a col. A break in the cliffs on the left took us to the ridge and then to the summit block. We scrambled up a break on the west side of the summit block to gain the summit.
Our approximate route as seen from Sheol Mountain
The ascent drainage seen from the trail. There's a faint path on
the left by the trees.
View of the drainage after scrambling up the rocks
Around the corner we ascended a ridge on the left side of the drainage where it opens up
A flat area above the gully but before the scree provides a nice rest spot
We'll soon leave the scree bowl and start scrambling
Heading up to the ridge from the basin
Scrambling up to the ridge
Looking back a short time later
Heading to the summit block
Checking out a way up to the ridge, which we didn't use
We gained the summit block here. The ascent was moderate up until this point.
Looking back after gaining the summit block. Mount Richard, Pika Peak and
Ptarmigan Peak in the background.
Fossil Mountain (centre) rises above Ptarmigan and Redoubt Lakes
Leaving the summit block. Note the figure on top, not part of our group.
A smoky 360° view from the top
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