Saddle Mountain

May 12, 2013

2277m

Kananaskis Country (South), AB

Not to be confused with the (more popular, but equally small) Saddle Mountain in Lake Louise, this one is outside the southern boundary of Kananaskis Country in the Livingstone Range. Raff and I did it as the 3rd peak of Livingstone Range traverse. The first two peaks are Mount Hornecker and Windy Peak.

The Livingstone 4-peak traverse route

The Livingstone 4-peak traverse route

To get there from Windy/Saddle col was as easy as one can expect, though the wind was giving us challenging. We basically chatted all the way up, and we made to its top before realizing we were there. I immediately focused on the slightly lower, south summit. Getting to the second peak requires some boulder hopping in strong wind.

Panorama from partway up. The two summits are on left

Panorama from partway up. The two summits are on left

Raff on the summit of Saddle Mountain

Raff on the summit of Saddle Mountain

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size

Looking down to the lower, south summit

Looking down to the lower, south summit

Looking south towards Sheep Mountain (center) and Coffin Mountain (right)

Looking south towards Sheep Mountain (center) and Coffin Mountain (right)

Mount Livingstone would be our last objective for this day

Mount Livingstone would be our last objective for this day

Looking towards the distant High Rock Range

Looking towards the distant High Rock Range

Looking north towards Hailstone Butte and Sentinel Peak (left)

Looking north towards Hailstone Butte and Sentinel Peak (left)

Beautiful sky and clouds above the prairie

Beautiful sky and clouds above the prairie

Me on the summit

Me on the summit

Hiking down the main summit

Hiking down the main summit

I'll traverse to this lower summit as well

I’ll traverse to this lower summit as well

Summit panorama from the lower, south summit. Click to view large size.

Summit panorama from the lower, south summit. Click to view large size.

And after grabbing both peaks, I headed down to Saddle/Livingstone col and regrouped with Raff, and we would be going up the last summit of this day soon.

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