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Roche Bonhomme

I felt good on energy after the intense Jasper Skyline traverse. My original plan for the 2nd day was either Marmot Mountain or Opal Peak, but since I still had a good amount of energy, I decided to increase the ambition a bit, namely Roche Bonhomme. I could vaguely remember the trailhead was somewhere near Maligne Canyon hostel.. Instead of bushwhacking to hell like what Eric did, I decided to slowly drive up the road to try finding the trail head. There it is! It's about 200m up the road and there's a good cairn marking it.

Mom hasn't done a hike since June, so we had to go up slowly. Anyway, the trail was pretty easy to follow. It doesn't have switchbacks which I like. But for mom, she had to stop regularly due to the lack of exercise. The treed slope went on forever. I think near 90% of the elevation gain is done in the trees, so make sure you know this before doing this peak, or you'll get very frustrated. The treeline on Roche Bonhomme is higher than on the treeline on Signal Mountain, probably because it's west facing. The clouds lifted up for temporarily when we hit the treeline.

Mom still hasn't been used to loose ground so she decided to wait for me at treeline. Anyone knows how to help beginners getting used to big slope / loose scree? I followed the somehow obvious trail straight up the mountain. The trail leads up to the summit ridge. It's all just steep hike / easy scrambling to get here. The sky clouded over again...

The summit ridge is easy scrambling with one moderate step just after false summit. It might be much easier if dry, but I had to deal with slippery condition. After that, there was a 20m knee deep post-holing section, and soon I stood on the summit. The view could be much better without the clouds. The mountains in Colin Range look impressive. I could see why these peaks are not written in the scramble book...

I retraced my steps down. The upper slope was good to get down, but once entering the trees, the descend was pretty hard on the knees. If not because of the deadfalls, I'd prefer to bushwhack down beside the trail as the mossy ground could be much better... However, the tens of deadfalls made this idea impractical.

At the end of the day, we went to the nearby Maligne Canyon for photos.

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Zengel & Buttress Mountain
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Pyramid Mountain
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Hike up the trail
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A canyon
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At treeline
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Mount Tekarra at center
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Mount Tekarra at center
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Jasper corridor
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Victoria Cross Range
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