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An Ascent of Red Man Mt.
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.03 - 17:54:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Blue Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Bob Saunders, Christine Grotefeld, Rick Collier, and two other members of the Calgary ACC
Difficulty: 3: Moderate bushwhacking; easy to moderate scrambling depending on route selected
This report describes the easiest route up this infrequetly climbed peak, as ascended by an ACC group in 1992
September 20, 1992, was the day after we ascended Mt. Docking, and the 19th had closed down on us in the afternoon with raw gray, cold weather. The 20th wasn't much better; it was, in fact, plagued off and on with chilly rain squalls. However, five of us (Bob Saunders, Christine Grotefeld, Rick Collier, and two other members of the Calgary ACC) decided to explore the approaches to the remote and infrequently climbed Red Man Mt. (9530'/2905m) - hardly a politically correct name any longer, although it certainly twins well with its companion across the similarly named pass in the divide, White Man Mt.

We drove up the Cross River Road, found the old Alcantara Creek branch logging road and followed it for about four km until we reached an uncrossable washout -it is likely that since 1992 many other of the side-stream crossings that we were able to get over will now be impassable, so that the entirely of the Alcantara Creek approach will have to be hiked. From about 5650', we hiked up a wide drainage to the E though moderate bush for about 1.7 km. At 6700', we reached meadows, and the drainage makes an obvious turn to the left (N). This drainage continues on up for another 2800' and 2.2 km, crosses an exposed horizontal slab, and then follows scree and snow to the summit ridge. The ridge leads easily to the snow-covered summit - an easy, but delightful, ascent in a pleasant context. Our return time, despite considerable inclement weather, was seven hours.

This peak was first climbed by the Alberta/BC Boundary Commission in 1916; it was the ABC who, in obvious symmetry with White Man, applied this name....

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