Indian Ridge


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Monday, June 30, 2008
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Moderate scrambling on the Kane route.

Trip Report

I decided early on in 2008 that it was time I bagged a few of the Kane peaks in Jasper National Park. In the span of two weeks I've now completed over half of them! Indian Ridge and The Whistlers were my latest Jasper peaks. I shared the pleasure with two nephews and two brother-in-laws on June 30 2008.


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Yesterday, I hiked The Whistlers, followed by Indian Ridge. I hiked up from the bottom of the tram, then up to Whistlers Peak, then up to Indian Ridge. And I started this hike at 11:30am! Needless to say, it was a long day. The hike up to The Whistlers was pretty easy. All uphill, but not difficult. Indian Ridge, on the other hand, was difficult. The hike up is steep. Then you're scrambling to the top on [I]very[/I] loose rock. If you're a climber, or are at least a very experienced hiker / scrambler, this is not difficult. But you do need to be very cautious. The loose rock is a major hazard. Finally up on the ridge, wow!!! The view was unreal. To your left is incredible red and black rock, with an impossibly blue lake at its base. It is one of the most beautiful views I've seen. And, of course, you can see Mt. Robson off in the distance. The view was worth the effort. I had to decide then whether to walk the whole ridge and attempt the Kane scramble on The Notch, having read that it is quite unsafe. At this point, it was 5pm and storm clouds were rolling in. Of course, I decided to go for it. The ridge walk was easy and pleasant, but the scramble / traverse on the other end was not. You scramble up to the top of The Notch, and then you [I]want[/I] to stay high, instead of walking on the scree slope below, but that is a mistake. Staying on top of the rock will get you to a straight cliff drop-off that is impossible to get down. I then had to retreat, cross a scary little bit all over again, and go lower down, walking on the steep loose rock slope. This was not pleasant. Every step could send you sliding down the slope. You really need to dig your feet in to the loose rock, and trust them. I came to one point where I needed to get down a big piece of rock, and it was not easy. I had to take my back-pack off and throw it down (it almost took a trip down the mountain!), then very carefully lower myself down. I finally made it across the awful loose rock slope, then I had to hike down to the valley, then up The Whistlers again, as I had left my friend at the top of the tram. So up I went. I got back at 9:30pm, completely knackered. I will say this. This ridge hike is only for those very comfortable on rock. It is difficult, and, at times, scary (at least if you go down The Notch). It would be easy to take an unwanted trip down the loose rock slope, so don't take anyone with you who isn't very experienced! I did this hike alone, and found that that was likely the safest option, as it would have been dangerous for most. It is most definitely worth it, but be careful!!! Next time, I would likely turn around and go back the way I came, instead of going down The Notch. Sorry, no pictures. Just trust me - it's beautiful!!!

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