Hike Camp and Travel
Mt. Rae 3218m / 10558'

Scrambling with Ian Cameron

Area: The Highwood
Height gain: 1000m/3281'
Ascent date: Sep 17, 2004
Ascent time: 6:00hrs
Descent time: 2:00hrs
Comment: Moderate scramble

Mt. Rae
Hiking on the Ptarmigan Cirque trail Approaching the ascent ridge We scrambled up the lower part of the ridge
A few minutes pass the end of Ptarmigan Cirque trail (signed), we scrambled up the lower part of the ridge.
One of the few pinnacles on the ridge Venturing to a bunch of pinnacles The ridge was completely covered with snow
(1) We started getting welcomed by a mixture of sun and cloud. The wind, although strong was not too cold. So we took our time and tackled the ridge carefully and headed towards "Ian's Pinnacle" (false summit).
(2) At the time that we had zero visibility, I had to stop and review the route, while Ian wrestles with the pinnacle.
(3) The summit is just minutes away. But first, this is what we had to go through. There were too much snow and strong wind at the ridge.
Ian approaching the summit On the summit of Mt. Rae Ian on the summit of Mt. Rae
After 6 hours of hiking, scrambling and careful snow crawling, we finally reached the summit.
We had about fifteen minutes to enjoy the view before another zero visibility kicked in. We hiked back blind anyways worried about the time, but it only took us two hours to get back to the car.

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S