Jake Smith Peak (Rainy Traverse)

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

I had to email Andrew Nugara to find out where the heck the name "Jake Smith" came from since he doesn't answer this most important question in his guide book (that I could find anyway). The name comes from a tiny little lake tucked under the east aspect of the mountain on the Alberta side of the border. You have to zoom way in on Google maps to see the name and some sources confuse Jake Smith Lake with the Rainy Lakes just to the north.

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YDS Class: 
3rd Class
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Trip Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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From the summit of Three Lakes Ridge we had a choice to make. Despite the gorgeous weather Phil and I were obviously enjoying, it was already past 14:00 hours and we were a long way from the parking lot. We could descend Three Lakes Ridge via west slopes before joining the track back up to Middle Kootenay Pass and decide from there whether or not Middle Kootenay Mountain was a "go", or we could take advantage of the ridge we were already on and continue towards Jake Smith and Red Argillite peaks. Why was it even a choice? 


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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

The main difficulty for JSP is a bit of routefinding and downclimbing along the south ridge of Three Lakes Ridge down to the col.