Lost Mountain

July 2, 2012

2509m

Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

Lost Mountain is merely an outlier situated beside its bigger brother, Anderson Peak. It can be easily combined with Anderson Peak to make a day trip, but fit parties usually tag it as part of the Anderson to Bauerman traverse. Eric and I however, ascended it as the 6th (or 7th if counting the unnamed) peak of an insane traverse.

Mt. Bauerman to Anderson Peak traverse route

Mt. Bauerman to Anderson Peak traverse route

From the summit of Kootenai Brown Peak, we could see the rest of the way up Lost and Anderson. I can describe the route from Bauerman Divide to Anderson Peak as 4-big-slog. The descent parts were pretty fast and easy and you can just ignore them. On the way down from Kootenai Brown, we did probably the first hands-on scrambling of the day. It definitely added some fun to the boring slogging. There were several big boulder fields to negotiate on the way up Lost Mountain, and we had to be extremely careful not to twist ankle (I almost did and that moment scared me). I would be in a big trouble if I got injured. For the summit panorama on Lost Mountain, I had to use sunset mode towards NW, and scenery mode towards SE.

Lost Mountain seen from partway down Kootenai Brown

Lost Mountain seen from partway down Kootenai Brown

Anderson Peak

Anderson Peak

Looking South into Glacier Park

Looking South into Glacier Park

Mount Blakiston

Mount Blakiston

A closer look at the sun

Almost sunset time…

Castle Peak et al. on the horizon

Castle Peak et al. on the horizon

Miskwasini Peak, Kenow Mountain and Langemarck Mountain

Miskwasini Peak, Kenow Mountain and Langemarck Mountain

Long Knife Peak, King Edward Peak and Starvation Peak

Long Knife Peak, King Edward Peak and Starvation Peak

The prairie became visible again as we were moving East

The prairie became visible again as we were moving East

The summit cairn is quite sizable.

The summit cairn is quite sizable.

I waited for about 10min on the summit but Eric still didn’t show up (9:00PM), in order to beat sunset on Anderson Peak, I started the final trudge on my own. And here we go.

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