Cougar Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 17, 2004

Ascending Cougar Mountain was straightforward. After cycling up the road along Little Elbow River for 12.1 km, we stashed our bikes just after a high point after the bridge. After climbing a steep forested slope we found ourselves on a open slope by a rain gauge. We trudged up to gain the ridge. It was an easy scramble to the false summit.

From the false summit, the true summit appears disappointingly far away, especially when taking in the elevation loss. However, there is some good scrambling to be had before reaching the true summit.

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KML Track


Biking the Little Elbow Trail


The false summit of Cougar Mountain seen from the bike path


We passed a rain gauge on the lower slopes


Heading to the ridge and to the false summit


Looking back at the Little Elbow River Valley


On the ridge crest


False summit ahead


Easy scrambling here
(Dinah is in lower left)


At the base of the buttress, we went left on a goat track


Before reaching the top of the false summit, be prepared to trudge up much scree.
Threepoint Mountain and Mount Rose create a backdrop.


From the false summit, the true summit is still a long way off and you lose almost 100 m


After losing elevation, we started ascending


Pondering the next section


Some interesting scrambling along the way


Looking back at the false summit


The tarn below does not appear on the map


Outlaw Peak, Mount Cornwall, Banded Peak and Mount Glasgow from the summit


Heading back down


82 J/10 Mount Rae

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