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A Traverse from Alderson to Carthew via Buchanan Peak
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.23 - 06:44:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Border Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Sonny Bou, Bob Parr, Eric Mango, Kelly Smith, James Yearous, Frank Nelson, Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: Some route finding required and some difficult scrambling from Buchanan to Carthew.
A three (or four) peak day in Waterton National Park combining several peaks from Alan Kane's Scrambling in the Canadian Rockies.
On September 24th, 2005 the RMBooks Group or ""Kane Troopers"" got together for another group scramble. This time we found ourselves meeting in the Cameron Lake parking lot in Waterton Lakes National Park at 07:30 and by 07:50 we were all tramping up the trail to Summit Lake in the crisp, fresh morning air.

Time passed by very quickly because we were chatting up a storm! Frank led us up past Summit Lake which was still and calm - very strange for Waterton. In what seemed like no time at all we were grunting up to the Carthew / Alderson pass and found ourselves looking up at Mount Alderson's summit ridge stretching up above us. James and Sonny had already been up Mount Alderson so they only joined the rest of us part of the way up. Eric led the group up the last 200 vertical meters or so and soon we topped out to a gorgeous fall sun and no wind! If you've ever hiked or scrambled in Waterton you'll realize what a special treat it is to hike in Waterton under a sunny, warm, windless day. Usually you don't get all three of those together.

We chatted for a bit at the summit and Frank decided that he would not be continuing on. I can't say I blame him either, because even without a migraine the rest of the trip didn't look very easy! We could see that we had a lot of elevation to lose before heading up to Buchanan Peak and I for one was feeling the first peak already. Bob also decided that his recently sprained ankle would not hold up to the vigours of a 3-peak day and went back to Calgary with Frank while the rest of us continued on to Buchanan Peak.

Mount Alderson Panorama

Buchanan Peak
After summiting Mount Alderson we started off for Buchanan Peak. There is a bit of a mix-up regarding this summit because the actual peak is just a...

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