Bastille Mountain

elevation: 2,622 m. height gain: 955 m.
area: Invermere,BC map 82 K/7
2016-Jul-18


Ref: Aaron Cameron and Matt Gunn's Hikes around Invermere & the Columbia River Valley.
trailhead


Trailhead to Jumbo Pass.
Scramble: RT 6.0; 3.25 up. After a short scramble on saturday, I felt recovered enough to head out again. The weather was very nice and I didn't want to pass that up. I figured it was a great opportunity to try out Bastille Mountain; the drive isn't long, there's a superb approach trail to Jumbo Pass and the scramble seemed fun without being too long. As expected, hiking the trail to Jumbo Pass was fast and delightful. From there, we quickly gained the first peak of Bastille without difficulty. The second peak looks challenging if you chose to stay on the ridge, which we did. First we had to negotiate downsloping slabs losing a bit of height; then we aimed for the ridge proper just before a short section of moderately difficult moves that precede the top. It is also possible to go up random places on the bluffs, climber's right of the ridge; we chose a weakness through there on the way down. In my opinion, the second peak is the toughest of all 4 summits but all difficulties can be avoided by circumventing the peak on the south side. The third peak is easily gained after dealing with a small rockwall from the saddle. From the top of the third summit we scrutinized the final peak, it looked straightforward. The description in the book warns of a couple awkward crux moves up a mossy chimney; we experienced no crux moves and nothing mossy! The whole traverse didn't take very long and was quite easier than expected. We stayed at the top for a good while enjoying the surrounding glaciated mountains, I even had a short nap which is rare for me... We backtracked the way we came, except for a short variation down the second peak that also offered a short challenge. Once back on the trail, it was a quick and painless return to the trailhead. I really recommend this outing, the view is stellar for the amount of effort!
good trail

Very good trail.

bastille mountain

Bastille Mountain.

at the pass

At the pass we head towards our objective.

ascending to the saddle


Ascending to the saddle to gain the first peak on the left.


at the saddle


At the saddle, it's a glorious day.


easy climb


Easy climb up peak one.


first summit


On the first summit of Bastille with glaciated mountains all around.


jumbo hut


Jumbo Pass Cabin is on the opposite ridge.


second peak


The second peak offers the crux of the trip!


navigating downsloping slabs


Navigating downsloping slabs before aiming for the ridge on the left.


little ramps


Little ramps lead to the ridge proper.


crux


The crux looks easy on this picture but it is exposed for a few moves.


top of the second peak


Fabrice rounds off the crux and gains the top of the second peak.


looking back at the crux


Looking back, the crux is in the shade unfortunately.


third peak looks easy


Third peak appears easy.


off I go


Off I go.


small rockband


The small rockband below me grants a slight challenge.


fun option


Choosing a fun option to the top of peak three.


third summit


Third summit.


fourth summit ahead


Looking at the fourth summit, seems simple.


down peak three


Down peak three.


last one


Last one!


up peak four


Up peak four, we never encountered the fore-warned awkward moves...


yep simple


Yep, simple....


voila


Voila, peak four!


stunning views


Stunning views.


summit ballet


Summit ballet.


heading back down


Heading back down.


backtracking


Backtracking up peak three.


being silly


Being silly!!


alternate way down peak two


Choosing an alternate way down peak two; there's several options here and of course, it's possible to go around and circumvent difficulties.


fab's turn


Fab's turn.


below peak one


Back at the saddle below peak one.
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