Includes: Both the eastern and western groups of the Ramparts in one panorama. Terrain: The Ramparts themselves are very steep rock, with most climbs involving roped belays. Peaks further south like McDonell Peak are spectacular snow scrambles, and don't require roping up. Simon Peak is a bit trickier, with a narrow snow ridge. To the north, the Moat Lake area is quite swampy in summer, and bare feet are often superior to boots. The pass at the head of the Fraser Glacier into Simon Creek can be readily skied in winter as a good day trip from Wates-Gibson Hut, with spectacular views of Simon Glacier, Mastodon Glacier. History: The Ramparts area has been a destination for both mountaineers and horse traffic since the 1930's. Near the east shore of Amethyst Lake is one of the original clusters of horse cabins that were allowed to continue operating within the Park boundaries.
To the south of Amethyst Lakes, is the Wates-Gibson Hut at Outpost Lake, operated by the ACC. From the cabin one can hike west over the divide south of McDonell Peak and Simon Peak and get a glimpse of considerably wilder country. Similarly, the upper headwaters of the Fraser River are considerably more remote and wild.
Alpine Journal Articles
1926 Attempt on Mt. Redoubt - 1926 T.B. Moffat
1928 Ascents of Mts. Redoubt and Casemate J.E.Johnson