Red Argillite Peaks (Rainy Traverse)

Interesting Facts: 

In his scrambling book, Andrew Nugara makes passing mention of an "RA" peak sitting on the ridge traverse between Three Lakes Ridge and Jake Smith Peak. The "RA" stands for the Red Argillite that a large part of this general area of the Rockies consists of, giving the peaks here a unique red appearance. Phil and I didn't have Nugara's description along with us (I forgot to photograph it before leaving the truck) so we assumed he must have named the distinctive outlier rather than the boring "bump" along the ridge. We were wrong, as it turns out, but we tagged both the outlier and RA so I'm including both in this write up and calling them "Red Argillite Peaks".

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
High
YDS Class: 
3rd Class
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As indicated in the "Interesting Facts" above regarding this peak, Phil and I weren't sure where "RA" Peak actually was! After returning from the summit of Jake Smith Peak, I was feeling a bit more energy than before the short scramble and we decided that since we were in the area, we might as well tag both the west and east "RA" peaks. 

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,370
Elevation Gain (m): 
2200
Round Trip Time: 
12.00
Total Distance (km): 
33.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

Moderate scrambling at most despite appearances - note that this summit is actually west of what Nugara calls "RA" and is more scrambly than his peak.