June 23, 2013
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.
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.
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.