Mount Kerr

June 23, 2013

2560m

Jasper, AB

Not to be confused with another Mount Kerr in Kane’s scramble in Yoho National Park, this one is in Victoria Cross Range, north of Jasper townsite. Eric, Ben and I did it as the 3rd summit of our Victoria Cross Traverse. Judging by the size of its summit cairn and a summit register, this one probably sees more visitors than the nearby Cairngorm.

Pyramid to Cairngorm to Kerr to Henry traverse route

Pyramid to Cairngorm to Kerr to Henry traverse route

After traversing over Pyramid Mountain and then finishing a complicated descent down from Cairngorm We slogged up a scree/boulder line up reddish rocks steeply up to an alpine tarn unofficially known as Kerr Lake. Due to the detour we’d lost quite a lot of elevation and it took us a long time to regain to this crest. After another short break we contoured around the lake on its right side, traversing over a steep snow slope and gained the northeast slope of Mount Kerr. Our original plan was to stick closer to the most direct line, but a huge set of cliff band guarding just beneath Kerr’s summit made us going around to its back side. It was all boulders up this very foreshortened slope. The boulders eventually gave way to a snow slope that was quite steep and a bit icy. My boots were fine kicking-step up it. I once thought it was a giant cornice but thankfully I eventually saw the rocky summit cairn. There were at least 4 beautiful alpine lakes visible from this summit, and it offered much wider view than from Cairngorm.

Ben slogging up towards Kerr Lake. This slope is very foreshortened.

Ben slogging up towards Kerr Lake. This slope is very foreshortened.

Looking back at Cairngorm

Looking back at Cairngorm

A long shot of Kinross and Cairngorm

A long shot of Kinross and Cairngorm

At Kerr Lake, Mount Kerr behind. Note the rock band guarding the summit.

At Kerr Lake, Mount Kerr behind. Note the rock band guarding the summit.

We contoured around the lake. Some interesting rock scenery showed up

We contoured around the lake. Some interesting rock scenery showed up

Eric cresting over the pass

Eric cresting over the pass

Another photo of Kerr Lake. It hasn't completely thawed yet.

Another photo of Kerr Lake. It hasn’t completely thawed yet.

Eric crossing a snow slope.

Eric crossing a snow slope.

Ben slogging up typical boulders on the NE slope

Ben slogging up typical boulders on the NE slope

Great view of Mount Kinross

Great view of Mount Kinross

Me kicking step up the snow slope just before the summit. Photo by Ben N

Me kicking step up the snow slope just before the summit. Photo by Ben N

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size.

One of the alpine tarns

One of the alpine tarns

Another tarn, with Mount Henry behind

Another tarn, with Mount Henry behind

And yes, another tarn.

And yes, another tarn.

This is Kerr Lake

This is Kerr Lake

Cairngorm

Cairngorm

The summit cairn

The summit cairn

Roche Noire looks very attractive

Roche Noire looks very attractive

Looking over towards Elysium Pass direction. The peak on far right is Mount McKean

Looking over towards Elysium Pass direction. The peak on far right is Mount McKean

Snaring Mountain is always the eye-catching

Snaring Mountain is always the eye-catching

Buttress Mountain is another scramble that we'll come back for

Buttress Mountain is another scramble that we’ll come back for

This is the piece of clouds building up

This is the piece of clouds building up

The fractured register. We didn't bother to sign it.

The fractured register. We didn’t bother to sign it.

One of my favourite shots from this summit

One of my favourite shots from this summit

Me on the summit of Mount Kerr

Me on the summit of Mount Kerr

Looking over Muhigan Mountain towards peaks in Tonquin Valley

Looking over Muhigan Mountain towards peaks in Tonquin Valley

Panorama looking north. Click to view large size.

Panorama looking north. Click to view large size.

At the meantime, we also noticed a piece of dark clouds building up over Pyramid Mountain direction. We didn’t think too much about it though, and after a short break, we were soon on our way to Mount Henry, the 4th summit of this traverse.

Comments
  1. […] Mount Kerr and Kerr Lake. Image courtesy of Steven Song. […]

  2. Aileen Couper says:

    Fantastic photos of great mountain views. Do you know the name of mountain seen from Jasper which looks like a man’s face lying down?

    • Steven Song says:

      I know there’s a peak locally called “Old Man Mountain”, but more commonly known as Roche Bonhomme. Google it and see if that’s the peak you’re looking for. I’ve scrambled it a few years ago.

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