Rae, Mount

elevation: 3,218 m. height gain: 1,000 m.
area: Highwood Pass,AB map 82 J/10

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
on the trail

Nearing the end of the interpretive trail.
Scramble: RT 6.0; 2.75 up. The clear, warm weather persists and the mountain tops are still free of snow. We decided to return to Highwood Pass for another exciting scramble on a tall peak. Mount Rae is very similar to its neighbor, Storm Mountain. The hike into the cirque is short and delightful. Climbing to the col is rendered easier using the rock strata, from there the "super highway" is in sight. We followed it to the summit ridge, which at first isn't difficult. Near the top, it narrows and appears blocky. We descended and traversed on the easier left hand side to regain the last bit of summit ridge. Yeah, on a peak again with perfect conditions and great company. This lofty summit stands above the surrounding mountains, boasting the best views all around. Fab managed to convince me to descend the summit ridge instead of opting for the lower traverse. It definitely pushed me above my comfort zone; I carried on very slowly and focused on keeping calm. With Fab's support, I made it back on safer ground. The descent to the cirque is fast. We sat near the waterfall at the end of the trail and watched other groups of hikers. Such a nice september day, we didn't want to return to the car!
uplifted strata

Impressive uplifted rock strata towards Arethusa.

nearing the cirque

Heading in the cirque, the pinnacle is in sight.

to the col

Rock strata assists the ascent to the col.

up the rock strata

Rock for a steady climb, scree for a speedy descent!

summit in view

From the col, the summit is not that far away.

along the way

Along the well-trodden trail.

looking back

Looking back at the super highway.

narrow ridge

The summit ridge narrows.

easier option

The easier traverse on the left hand side.

last stretch

The last stretch to the top.


North-eastern view past the quartet of Glasgow, Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded.

at the top

At the top, looking west.

arethusa, storm and mist

In line: Mounts Arethusa, Storm and Mist Mountain.

lets try it

Heading down the summit ridge.

on the narrow ridge

A section where I can take my hands off.

more narrow ridge

Almost back to safer ground.

rock flake

At the flake, we rejoined the super highway.

back on the trail

Lovely meadows and delicate flora.
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