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A Solo Trip into the Stenton Lake Area
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.15 - 09:11:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Fairholme Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2800m
Participants: Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: Remote with route finding and some tricky, moderate scrambling.
A long solo trip into the remote Stenton Lake area via Cougar Creek.

Getting Motivated

It was Tuesday morning September 24 2019 and I was ready for a break. My body was sore and tired and my mind was full of recent adventures. I had hundreds of photos to process from several recent trips. Thanks to the impending snowpocalypse forecast for later in my week off, I'd even forced myself to go hiking in spotty rain showers and sleet the previous day with my wife in the lovely Sunshine Meadows. I was feeling pretty beat up as I drifted off to sleep on Monday night. As I drove home from a Tuesday morning Tim Hortons coffee run, I noticed that the sun was warm and the sky was looking pretty blue above YYC. The mental gymnastics started up on point. You know how it is. I had a week off at the end of September to take full advantage of the height of larch season in the Rockies. And the latter half of that week off had been forecasting doom 'n gloom since the week before. What to do?! Take a day off or go for yet another ramble on a beat up body with a tired mind sitting on top? Obviously I made the questionable decision to go for it. Hanneke was rolling her eyes (for good reason) as I hastily packed an overnight pack while my coffee got cold in the truck. Yes, you read that correctly - an overnight pack. Somehow I convinced myself that rather than do another day trip I should really go for it this time and tackle an overnighter before Mr. Winter rolled over the mountains and ruined my fall peakbagging party.

Phil Richards and I had Stenton Peak on our list for a few years already when Cornelius Rott started blitzing peaks in the Fairholme Range, including, of course, Stenton. (I have no idea why we bother with such obscure and ill reputed peaks but such is the life of a Rockies peakbagger.) I had Carrot Peak on my...

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