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Lunette Peak (Lost Peak)
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.17 - 02:35:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Reg Bonney; Rick Collier;
Difficulty: 5: Notch route is loose and goes at about 5.5; otherwise moderate scrambling, with some exposure
The ascent of Lunette peak is pleasant, even thopugh sometimes demanding, and affords fine views of the surrounding area, as well as of its big brother to the north.
Most readers will know the story of how this minor eruption on the south side of Mt. Assiniboine got to be a separate eleven-thousand-foot peak in its own right -- that Outram was trying to climb the larger peak in September of 1901, but got confused and unduly optimistic in a thick mist and ascended this spur instead. It was "an error of which they became aware [only] when they reached the top." Even since, however, this minor summit has been included in the list of major peaks in the Rockies.

And perhaps rightly so, since the ascent of Lunette is pleasant, even demanding, and affords fine views of the surrounding area, as well as of its big brother to the north. Perhaps the over-riding caution in regard to this climb is, however, to engage this peak when it is dry -- you will see why as you read on.

Reg Bonney, my long-term climbing partner, and I decided to attempt this mountain about the third week of July in 1994. The motorized approach is complex, but was one we had done several times before on climbs of Soderholm, Brussilof, and Aye. Initially one drives to a point on the Radium/Banff highway where the road begins to climb south toward Sinclair Pass; here there is a well-signed turn-off for Settlers' Road. Take this and follow the dirt road south for some 12 km to an intersection; turn left and follow the road around a steep hairpin turn and down a hill to a large bridge that spans the Kootenay River. On the other side climb up for a kilometre until there is another intersection with one branch going south, the other in a northerly direction. Follow the north branch for some forty km or so; after a few kilometres, however, the road will bend back toward the east. After about twenty-five additional km, another road will branch off to the right -- this is...

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