Hike Camp and Travel
Mt. Richardson 3086m/10125'

Scrambling with Ian Cameron

Area: Skoki Area
Height gain: 800m/2625'
Ascent date: Sep 8, 2005
Ascent time: 2:30hrs From Hidden Lake sk5
Comment: Moderate scramble

Mt. Richardson
Day 1. After arriving at the Hidden Lake Campground (sk5), we immediately unpacked, set-up our camp then, planned the scramble. We started with an ascent to Anthozoan Mountain, then a traverse to Brachiopod Mountain. The approach was a little bit long from sk5 but the scenery along the way was awesome. Our roundtrip camp to camp time took 6:30 hours.

Day 2. Our planned trip for this day was an ascent to Mt. Richardson, a traverse to Pika Peak, and another traverse to Ptarmigan Peak. The weather was not what anybody would want to have on an outing like this. We had a mixture of rain, hale, and snow. Our overall roundtrip time was a very painful 11:15hrs.
Mt. Richardson from sk5 My route to gain the ridge  Ian went farther left to gain the lower part of the ridge
Our 3rd summit for this trip was clearly visible at Hidden Lake. My route to gain the ridge of Richardson is outlined in red.
(3) Ian went farther left to gain the lower part of the ridge. We soon met and hiked the ridge together. The clouds are starting to get nasty at this point.
First view of the summit from the ridge Ian approaching the summit On the summit of Mt. Richardson
The trail is clearly visible on the ridge. We traversed the bump on the above photo to the left and had a first view of the summit.
(3) 2.5hrs to the summit. It was very windy and chilly at the top. The cloud was also beginning to threaten us with bad news. Well, it wasn't raining yet so we stuck to the plan. The traverse route to Pika Peak was packed with snow so we had to hike a little bit to the right of the summit to avoid it.
Enjoying the disappearing view of teh Skoki area Ian in a giant cornice Our route down to Richardson/Pika col
The summit of Richardson is behind the cornice here. We scoped the area for the safest route down to the Richardson/Pika col and it was not easy. The rocks were covered with water flowing underneath the ice. From this point though, we were already far from the cliffs so we both felt comfortable continuing down to the col and bag Pika Peak.

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S