August 23, 2015
Mt. Robson Provincial Park, BC
Bucephalus Peak is one of those satellite peaks of the nearby much-bigger Mt. Fitzwilliam. For peak-baggers it made perfect sense to combine with the ascent of the bigger one as it’s merely an 1-hour detour. Maury and I had more ambitious plans so went up and over this summit after ascending Mt. Fitzwilliam in the morning.
From Fitzwilliam/Bucephalus col it appeared we had to traverse up and over one minor unnamed bump to get to Bucephalus Peak. We decided against that so picked a rising traverse line to bypass that bump. Unfortunately the boulders were a lot more unstable on the side (vs. on the ridge) and adding the fresh snow and the moss the travelling was painfully slow. I had to be super careful and couldn’t trust any single boulder… But we made through, and the terrain got a lot easier once back onto the connecting ridge, but again, we had to negotiate endless boulders to reach this summit.
We were doing very good on time and Maury and I were still high on motivation so after a bit of discussion we decided to extend our trip to bag the 3rd peak. Descending the connecting ridge from Bucephalus to Frontier was mostly easy/moderate scrambling with one detour to skier’s right (west).
From the connecting col Frontier Peak looked just like what we had been doing so far, so off we went.