|Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, south of Wedgemount Lake and on the west side of the Wedgemount Glacier. Rethel Mountain can be ascended by a number of routes, the easiest being those from the west. An old, overgrown logging road leaves the Wedgemount road just at the top of the first steep hill. This road can be followed for a few kilometres up to a point where it seems sensible to head off up the west side of Rethel Ridge. Reasonably straight-forward routefinding will put one onto the alpine talus in a couple of hours. This route is most easily ascended when the alpine is covered in firm snow. The north face of Rethel, located right across the lake from the hut, is a 500m wall of granite featured with buttresses and towers. Although few people come to Wedgemount Lake to rock climb, those that have have reported that this face, known as the "Wedgemount Lake Bluffs", provides superb climbing on solid rock. The highest tower on this face is typically reached by rappelling in from the top as all approaches to it from below are allegedly quite difficult.|
1. "Wedge Tower" (1972) P. Rowat, R. Barley, E. Zenger, J. Oswald. 5th class. The central and obvious buttress, actually a series of towers when seen in profile. Rowat and Barley direct start took the righthand of the two lower crack systems (chimney). The route ends at a sharp tower separated from the summit pinnacle by a sharp 300' gap. Stated grade was 5.5, likely harder by today's "non-Rowat" standards. ref: 1973 CAJ. P Koedt and J Fike climbed a route on one of the westerly buttresses in 1972, "right of the one with the spectacular undercut". 5.8.
Equipment: rock rack