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An Ascent of Mount Boswell in Waterton NP
Timestamp Free: 2018.01.24 - 01:08:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Border Ranges / Vimy Ridge
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1190m
Participants: Rick Collier
Difficulty: 3: Minor scrambling on the NE ridge
Rather than being as difficult an ascent as I once thought, Boswell turned out to be a pleasant off-trail excursion leading to magnificent views
The ascent of Boswell (See Boswell) follows the same route as that for Arras and Vimy Ridge (see trip report #7472) at least to about the halfway point on the Crypt Lake trail. This time, however, I was hiking up the trail, not with dozens of others, but with hundreds - August 13 (a Saturday) must have been the absolute height of the holiday season. At least I knew I wouldn't get lost or have trouble getting help if I needed it.

I hiked about 5.75 km and then detoured off the trail to the S and down SW to the outlet stream for the unnamed lake into which the Crypt Lake falls descends; there were some alders and pine groves to negotiate but overall the bushwhacking was quite easy.

However, I did have to ford the outlet, which meant shedding my boots and climbing pants, getting wet up to my navel, and dunking my camera (but not disastrously); the problem was the wonderful clarity of the water - it looked like it would only go up to my knees, but to my surprise . . . !

Then straight up the meadows, scree, and rock shelves for about 1500' to the NE connecting ridge - hot work in full sun.

Here there was a bit of scrambling to get around towers and buttresses as I worked my way back to the S, but once I reached the main massif of Boswell, there were easy grass slopes leading to the crest of the Crypt Lake ridges. Here's a photo from Vimy Ridge high point that shows most of the route: Boswell

A 0.3 km jaunt took me WSW over to the summit of Boswell, where I had lunch, replaced the old glass register with a new, less fragile version, and took some photos:
 West,
 East,
 Vimyapex, and Vimy.

I thought about descending via Crypt Lake, a route a few of the ascensionists in the...

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