September 21, 2013
Mount Richardson is the most popular peak in Skoki area for two simple reasons. Firstly, it’s the highest in Kane’s Skoki scramble list, and secondly, the standard route (south ridge) is only an “easy scramble”. Liam, Laurens, and I ascended Mount Richardson from its east ridge from Richardson/Pika col after finishing Pika Peak.
The east ridge was only a little bit more than just a scree slog. I brought snow gears up but the other guys didn’t, so we decided to avoid the snow slope. About 3/4 of the way up we had to scramble a short, but loose rock band that’s moderate scrambling at most, but other than that, it’s a scree hike. Earlier in the season this route is likely to be snowy and you probably want to bring at least an alpine axe.
Earlier in the day on Pika Peak, we noticed a big storm moving in from the west. The storm finally caught up us at about half way up, and then we were in a world of white and grey. The wind was strong and it was snowing on the summit. Thankfully someone had already built a big wind shelter for us. After waiting for 20 minutes or so the storm passed by revealing interesting scenery. We went to an outlier and surprisingly it offered even better view. We surely got lucky on this mountain.
After soaking in the views, it was the time to descend back to Richardson/Pika col, and then, we’d focus on our last objective of this day, Ptarmigan Peak.