Kootenai Brown Peak

July 2, 2012

2490m

Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

“Kootenai Brown Peak” is the unofficial name of the peak between Lost Mountain and Mt. Bauerman along the Anderson – Bauerman traverse. It’s not a popular name judging by the fact that many people that had summitted this peak don’t even know it has a name. Eric and I decided to traverse Anderson, Lost, Kootenai Brown, and Bauerman in the reverse way after successfully traversing their nearby Newman, Spionkop, and Avion. Ambitious day! We were running low on daylight time so, no summit stay on Mount Bauerman except for the burger, we soon started the descent towards Bauerman – Kootenai Brown col.

Mt. Bauerman to Anderson Peak traverse route

Mt. Bauerman to Anderson Peak traverse route

It looked like involving quite a bit of elevation loss, but when we got there, it wasn’t too bad. At this time of the day, the only good view was towards east, due to the low angled sun (not low enough for sunset shots). We were happy that our route was towards east. There were some treed sections on the col, but no bushwhacking involved. At one time, we used a large cornice to get around trees. Eric took the lead for the rest of the way up Kootenai Brown Peak (8:26PM). Nothing difficult, but just some foot-numbing slog.

Kootenai Brown Peak seen from Mount Bauerman

Kootenai Brown Peak seen from Mount Bauerman

Eric led down to Bauerman/Kootenai Brown col

Eric led down to Bauerman/Kootenai Brown col

We actually dipped down below treeline

We actually dipped down below treeline

After another scree slog, the summit was just ahead

After another scree slog, the summit was just ahead

Anderson Peak

Anderson Peak

Mount Blakiston and Mount Hawkins on left. That's part of the Hawkins Horseshoe Traverse

Mount Blakiston and Mount Hawkins on left. That’s part of the Hawkins Horseshoe Traverse

The sun was getting low. We had to hurry up

The sun was getting low. We had to hurry up. Miskwasini, Kenow and Langemarck on the horizon

More peaks on the horizon that I don't know the names.

More peaks on the horizon that I don’t know the names.

Looking south into Glacier National Park (Montana)

Looking south into Glacier National Park (Montana)

Mount Blakiston

Mount Blakiston

This bump is Lost Mountain, our next objective

This bump is Lost Mountain, our next objective

An obligatory shot towards Castle Peak

An obligatory shot towards Castle Peak

Eric on the summit

Eric on the summit

Well, further along the line our next objective would be Lost Mountain. There’s no excuse to not finish our grand day at this point..

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