Lychnis Mountain

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Lychnis Mountain
  • Location: Banff National Park (Skoki)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 3,124 m (10,250 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 m (3,281 ft)
  • Distance: 11.3 km / Round Trip (Bivy to bivy) (7.0 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 10.0°
  • Estimated Time: 5-7 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.1a
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Raff came up with this 4-day backpacking plan. We got permit to camp little bit farther from Baker Lake campground in Skoki. This is a trip report from the 2nd day, we went to Lychnis Mountain. According to the summit register, we were like 7th or so in last 20 years.

To camp spot:
We rode bike, pushed bike, then walked and walked and walked and bushwhacked.

To col (GR709050):
From the camp, there was no difficulty. Just hike up. However it is about 450m elevation gain, so it's bit of work.

Glacier:
Right after the col, we had to drop off little bit to traverse glacier. I didn't see any crevasses, but certainly required to put crampons. Otherwise I would have slipped and the icy glacier with little rocks on the surface would have ripped my pants and sexy thong.

North Ridge:
We didn't stayed on the ridge. Instead we avoided the snow then got on to the ridge (See page 16). The ridge is an easy walk until near the summit. Now I am writing the report 2 years later, I don't remember clearly, but I think it wasn't difficult enough to call it difficult scrambling, but little more difficult than average moderate scrambling (Page 22 and 24).

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Hiking up to Skoki. Pretty red flowers.

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The last time I went Skoki in summer time, It was more like winter. So it was so nice to see summer Skoki.

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At the Ptarmigan Lake. Mouseover for peak pointers.

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Baker Lake. In winter time, I saw gods here. They were walking on the lake.

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A small lake just before we decided to set camp.

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Pretty site.

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Night falls, evils rise.

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Heading to col.

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Quite a workout just to get to the col.

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At the col. Pretty view.

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Traversing the glacier.

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Next day we went to Mount Douglas the one on the right. It's farrrrrrrrrrr!

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Blue sky with no clouds.

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Lychnis Mountain and Trifid Glacier.

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Going up the slope was ok, but it was very dusty.

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On the ridge.

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Looking back the col.

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Raffinator Salvation (2009).

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Looking toward Skoki.

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Trifid Glacier.

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The summit.

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Raffinator Genisys (2015).

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This is where the ridge get tricky.

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What a beautiful shot.

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I still have few peaks I haven't done in Skoki.

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Looking south. Bonnet Glacier.


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