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Rearguard Mountain on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.20 - 04:03:48
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Rainbow Range (Robson)
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1380m
Participants: Mike M, Ben N, Vern D
Difficulty: 3: General glacier mountaineering and steep snow slopes to the summit.
A ski ascent of Rearguard from the Robson Glacier.
As I lay in my truck at the Kinney Lake parking lot I could hear the Robson River gurgling cheerfully behind me. I could see a million stars starting to come out high above me and there were even some birds chirping their final evening songs just outside my window. My trip had already started out on a good note. On the long drive from Calgary I was cruising past the North Saskatchewan River flats near Mount Amery, when I noticed some movement in the far distance across the Athabasca River. It looked like a large cat! I stopped the truck and took out the longest telephoto lens I had with me - only 300mm unfortunately. I spent the next 5 minutes playing stare-off with a very large Canadian Lynx! It's the first and only time I've seen one in the wild. What a beautiful and graceful creature. Seeing that large cat stalking along the river like it owned the place felt like a very good omen for my upcoming trip.
[photo]hargreavesski001.jpg[caption]A large Canadian Lynx watches me from across the North Saskatchewan River.[/photo]
This wasn't my first time planning a trip to the Berg Lake area. In the fall of 2013 I did a wonderful solo trip there. I scrambled two peaks, Titkana and Mumm Peak and hiked a few popular trails including Snowbird Pass, Mumm Basin and Tobaggan Falls. Because it was late fall I pretty much had the area to myself, which made it a very top quality trip - probably a top 10 for me. I have a large photo of Mount Robson with the Milky Way hanging on my wall and the view of it never gets old.
This time would be a bit different. Instead of going in the late off-season, we were going in the early off-season. We were planning a fairly serious ski mountaineering objective - the 3426m summit of Mount Resplendent. This peak has been on my radar for years...
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