Mount Richardson 3084 m, Banff National Park
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Mount Richardson from the summit of Mount Redoubt
Mount Richardson 3086 m, rises high in the Skoki area near Lake Louise. The ascent is mainly a long hike, and grants views of the distant Goodsirs and Sir Donald (I think I saw it!), but even better views of big Lake Louise peaks like Mounts Lefroy and Victoria that lie across the valley. You can do this as a day trip, but many parties camp at Hidden Lake and spend time hiking, scrambling and exploring the alpine surroundings. When the body needs a rest, you can always go fishing in the lakes nearby. Hardy souls may even try taking a dip in the frigid waters.
Lake Louise group from Mount Richardson. There are many fine mountaineering objectives in this select group of summits and a few good scrambles too. Five peaks in the area are over 11,000' (3353m) high.
Enjoying a morning view of some biggies: Mounts Hungabee, Lefroy and Victoria at Lake Louise. (Click to enlarge. Warning: big file!)
Strolling along the summit ridge, with Mount Hector behind. Beauty of a day, eh?
Surviving a quick dip in Ptarmigan Lake after a hot, tiring day. Any ladies recognize this fellow? Click and see what enlarges!
This ascent is just one of over 155 scrambles fully described in my new guidebook, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, which can be ordered online by clicking here.
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