Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Mount Tekarra

The last summit of the day. Seeing Tekarra from Amber Mountain was very discouraging, oh man, that was a long way to go. I didn't do any break, instead immediately started the traverse. This ridge section was very scenic though.

The connecting ridge initially goes pretty easy. Things got trickier as I approaching Mt. Tekarra. The ridge narrows significantly. This section reminds me the traverse from Nihahi to Compression. Same direction (towards north); same difficulty (transition from hiking to difficult scramble); same tiredness (the last summit of an insane traverse); same time of the day (6pm ish); and more important, I was soloing on both... I would rate the connecting ridge as upper moderate scramble in dry condition. For me, dealing the wet quartz really made me feel like doing difficult scramble. Now I arrived at the base of Tekarra.

I circumvented these cliff bands on climber's left side, but after doing so, I found there were two summits, and I didn't know which was the higher. I chose to ascend the left one as it has a weather station but it turned out to be the false summit... I managed to beat sunset to get up here and took an excellent panorama. The gorgeous view made me feel like doing an alpine trip. Normally you won't get these sunset views when doing day trips. The true summit (the south summit) was about 10min away, but I really had to hurry down as I knew the descend gully wasn't easy. I must get down before dark. I still consider myself as finishing this peak though, especially given the fact I traversed this peak.

Based on the earlier observation, I knew the descent gully is somewhere on skier's left side. I managed to find footprints on the snow, but they're not humans. They're apparently sizable bear's track... The footprints ended at the gully. Apparently the bear felt it was too steep for him to descend... But what the heck he was doing on the summit of Tekarra... I took out my ice axe and carefully descended the upper part. I would say the crux was the initial 20m or so. Overall it was actually easier than anticipated and I quickly moved down the gully.

I could see the evening view of Jasper townsite, but too bad I couldn't get a photo of it without blurring.. I carefully descended the last boulder section of the day to safer ground. Because of the snow I didn't have to use headlamp until about 1 hour later. I descended diagonally downhill while side-sloping around Signal Mountain. Eventually I managed to re-join my footprints and followed them back to Signal Mountain road. I took a necessary break and after that, I ran down the final 8.5km. Round Trip time: 14.5 hours.

I've told my mom I would be back in about 15 hours so I made back in time. That's the reason why I ran down the final 8.5km so she wouldn't get too worried. I felt pretty good on energy and we did Roche Bonhomme the next day.

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