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Discovery of Richard Gebert Bivy Site on Redoubt Peak
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.25 - 22:09:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (6 days)
Participants: Tristan Nissen and Sam Wall
Difficulty: 5: Redoubt Peak is quite difficult, and there have been two separate
Two Jasperites retrace his route and find Bivouac site untouched.
[photo]SamOnRoute.jpg[caption]Sam Wall on the route of Gebert's last climb on Redoubt Peak. Below is Amethest Lake[/photo]

[photo]RedoubtAccident.jpg[caption]Helicopter view of accident site. The prominent gulley on Redoubt's west face was where American mountaineer Richard Gebert perished in August, 2013 //Parks Canada Supplied[/photo]

Bivouac author Richard Gebert died in 2013: Six years later, the same Jasperites who were last to see him, find his gear

Six years ago, while walking out of Jasper National Park's Tonquin Valley, Jasperites Tristan Nissen and Sam Wall met a mountaineer who was heading in.

The boys, 14 and 15 at the time, stopped briefly to chat.

"I noticed his ice axe and asked him what he was planning to climb," Wall said. Sunrise on Redoubt Peak, the far right turret of the Amethyst Lake Rockwall in Jasper National PArk's Tonquin Valley. // Robert Berdan

The man, who was older than the boys' own fathers, said he was keen on getting up Redoubt Peak, an obscure and rarely-climbed mountain that borders British Columbia and makes up the northern-most turret of the Ramparts, overlooking Amethyst Lake. The boys, who had spent many hours boating on and hiking around Amethyst Lake, on account of Wall's father's outfitting business, knew about the peak-much to the mountaineer's surprise. After a few minutes of trail talk, the parties bid farewell and went their separate ways.

Three days later, news broke that the mountaineer had perished. On August 16, 2013, JNP rescue officials discovered the body of Richard Gebert. Gebert, from Carmel, Maine, was found in a prominent gully on Redoubt Peak's west face, 500 metres below the summit. He had apparently taken a significant fall while rappelling. Helicopter view of accident site. The prominent...

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