The Approaches: any way you cut it, the hike in to camping spots near the peak is around thirty kilometres, a distance that has always suggested to me that one ought to make the ascent of Recondite simply the core of a week's mountaineering activity in the region. First ascents of unnamed peaks -- some of them over 10,000' -- remain and many of the named peaks have had but one party on their summits -- Fuerer, Perren, Anteus, Simpson, Osgood, and Augusta all deserve more attention than they receive. It is Augusta, in fact, that possesses one of the few unclimbed north-face icefields that remain in the southern Rockies.
The standard approach starts from the Helen Creek parking area just N of the first bridge past Mosquito Creek on the Banff-Jasper Highway ("Hector Lake" map 82 N/9 GR 431227 [trail does not meet road as shown on map]). The only problem here is that the Helen Crk valley is often off limits because of a bear closure. In this case, one has to drive further N to the first vehicular turn out before Bow Lake; the trail that starts here will intersect the Helen Crk... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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