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Castle Mountain
Banff National Park, Alberta
June 29, 2001

A long approach leads to Rockbound Lake followed by an easy climb leads to inspiring views on the summit of Castle Mountain. We didn't do any scrambling; this is a trip that's done for the scenery. Dale, Anita, Dinah and I had also planned to climb Stuart Knob, but it was a warm day and we all ran out of water.

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Rockbound Lake
Rockbound Lake ahead

Rockbound Lake
Near the shore of Rockbound Lake

climbing above the lake
The view of Castle Mountain after we started climbing above the lake

circumvent the lake
We'll circumvent the lake on the cliffs above it

Crossing a stream
Crossing a stream in the basin

Rockbound Lake
Looking southeast at Rockbound Lake

Taking a break
Taking a break below Stuart Knob

Helena Ridge
Helena Ridge in the background

deep snow
We encountered deep snow as we neared the summit

Bow Valley
Anita peers down at Bow Valley from the ridge

On the summit
On the summit

Looking north
Looking north

Eisenhower Tower
Eisenhower Tower seen from the summit

collect water from melting snow
When we ran out of water, we had to descend so we could collect water from melting snow using a water filter

Looking at a waterfall

Traversing back
Traversing back across the basin

Crossing a "bridge"

Anita, Carolyn, Dinah and Dale pause by a waterfall on the descent

scree chute
This scree chute provided a quick return to
Rockbound Lake

82 O/5 Castle Mountain


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