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View from Mount Ward

Window Mountain & Mount Ward
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
August 5, 2001

Anita and I did Window Mountain and Mount Ward as a loop. After easily reaching the huge window on Window Mountain, we decided to go for the summit. We started scrambling up left of the window. We gained the exposed ridge but turned back about 80 vertical metres short of the summit because of loose rock. A stack of rocks on the ridge – much like a two-foot high chimney – fell apart when I tried to climb over it. The rocks tumbled down my legs and I nearly lost my perch. (The safest way to reach the summit, according to the Scrambles book, is to ascend a diagonal ledge west of the window.) We gave up at this point.

We dropped back down to the scree basin and hiked to the far end where we climbed up to the connecting ridge almost midway between Allison Peak and Mount Ward. It's not a route I recommend because of the exposure and loose rock to the ridge (I returned to climb Mount Ward in 2004 using the popular route). We didn't have time to ascend Allison Peak, so we went on to ascend Mount Ward. From Mount Ward we descended to Window Mountain Lake and followed the trail east for a way before turning south. We followed some logging roads, but mostly we bushwhacked to get back to the base of Window Mountain and then returned to our car.

Window Mountain and Mount Ward from the road

Pika seen below the scree basin

Starting up to the window from the basin

Slogging up to the window

Unknown bird

Anita stands at the bottom of the window

Some crystals we found while slogging up the scree basin

Clawing my way up to the ridge connecting Allison to Ward

On the ridge leading Mount Ward. Window Mountain Lake below.

Anita negotiates a short cliff band. Behind is the scree basin below Window Mountain

Anita scrambles down the ridge going to Mount Ward

Window Mountain seen from Mount Ward

After climbing Window Mountain, we ascended good scree to reach a steep, exposed route to the ridge (view from Ward, Mount Allison left)

Window Mountain Lake

82 G/10 Crowsnest, 82 G/15 Tornado Mountain

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