Kootenai Brown Peak
July 2, 2012
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.
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.
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..