Les Gendarmes lie just West of Journeyman Peak along the ridge, i thought they'd make a good scramble in a convenient location. I wasn't too sure what to expect as my last visit had minimal views.
Headed past Journeyman and made for the ridge, i knew there was a nice big drop off on top of the ridge to get past. We find we may have headed up to the ridge too soon. There's alot of ice and snow and we don't have crampons or axes. Keep heading up hoping we dont have to drop all the way down.
We are able to keep climbing up and find ourselves close to the ridge with a short section of snow and icy to cross, there are patches of ice, we try to go around between the rock and snow.
Heading around the snow.
We would have had to crawl down thru this hole on solid ice. Back to the start of the snow we go and look for another route. Dropping down a little there is a route thru the icy patches.
Crossing above some ice and small crevasses we soon find easier terrain.
The East Gendarme from the ridge.
Looking towards Powder Mountain.
Easy enough to begin with.
The route up gets a little harder to find.
Starting to get more difficult.
Close to the top we find a bit of a crux, the rock all seems broken up, difficult to know just how secure it is.
Getting up the last step.
On top Journeyman in the background. The original 'plan' was a loop to Ring Lake, but it would have taken forever, i had a look and the descent to the next Gendarme, a steep crack with loose rocks, a handline would be useful to get down, a similar climb to the East Gendarme. From there we would have had to cross patches of ice and snow to gain the top of the ridge.
Retracing our steps to the start of the ridge the others headed to Journeyman, i go retrieve my pole which i dropped climbing back down the Gendarme.
A steep climb to the subpeak, the guys are by the small trees top left.