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Festubert Mountain # 13407

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Date: 2009.07.17
Vantage Point: Summit of Lone Mountain

Caption: The view to the SW of Lone Mountain

PhotoDescr: See Trip Report #6054 for details of my ascent of Festubert during my multi-day traverse of the southern section of the Great Divide Trail.

Here is a brief report on our ascent of the vantage point for this photo, Lone Mountain: After a leisurely breakfast on the 17th, Mardy and I hiked up to the Twin Lakes col, then down into spectacular Blue Grouse Basin and on along the trail past both the Blakiston Creek turn-off and the South Kootenay Pass trail to meadows through which Lone Creek gurggled. We then bushwhacked uphill on the W slopes of Lone for several hundred feet until the vegetation began to thin out; easy climbing from then on to the desert-like S ridge. Then back NE to the summit, the cairn on which contains a substantial register, placed there by Old Goats Bob West & James Haston. We had some lunch, then descended the dry and sandy S ridge - spectacular views of Lone Lake, Kishinena, Festubert, and the Hawkins group. We dropped down easily to the lake and the local warden cabin, where we met a trail crew; then the lengthy march back to camp. Note: our descent route is clearly the recommended uptrack; although it is a somewhat longer hike to trundle over to Lone Lake. El gain (including reclimbing Twin col on return) = (800' + 1700'): 2500'. Distance = 19.5 km RT

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